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February 2, 2012

Thoughts on mentoring ...

By Terry D. Newberry
Excerpt from his blog

Mentoring is critical in the life of a leader. From King Arthur, whose mentor was Merlin the magician, to Timothy, who grew into a strong leader under the mentoring of the apostle Paul, history is filled with story after story of mentors and protégés.

In fact, there are two key elements in the life of most successful people. The first is that they have a mentor. A mentor is someone who helps sort options and identifies opportunities. A mentor gives advice and perhaps most importantly — perspective.

The second key is to be a mentor. Every one of us can mentor someone. It doesn’t take a lot of money or even time. It basically means that you meet with them periodically and discuss what is going on in their business or family or life and offer expertise, perspective and advice if asked.

I have the good fortune of having several mentors. I have the great fortune of having several friends that I also mentor. And you want to know a secret? I learn as much from those I am mentoring as I learn from those who mentor me!

There are several mentoring models. Find the one that works for you.

Traditional: In this model, there is a mentor and someone being mentored. Don’t have a mentor? Ask. You may be surprised to find that the person you most admire would be honored to work with you.

Peer–to–Peer: In this model, each participant is a co-mentor. They work together, each bringing their particular skill set to the process. An example of this might be a sales expert in a peer-to-peer mentorship with an IT person. Each is in a position to help the other.

Group: In this model, several people meet. One of the popular versions of this is the group-of-ten in which 10 people meet regularly to discuss current projects and issues and provide insight and advice.

Pick a model or try all three. The important thing to remember is that none of us are as smart as all of us. Investing in others is a great way to not only influence others, but we ourselves grow as a result.

Editor’s Note — Terry D. Newberry is a motivational speaker, business consultant and personal coach. He is a member of NorthPark Baptist Church, Trussville.


Health tips from “40 Days to Better Living — Optimal Health”

By Dr. Scott Morris
Church Health Center of Memphis

• Before starting a new wellness plan, make a list of medical concerns such as high blood pressure.

• When was your last physical by a medical doctor? If it has been over a year, call and make an appointment to get a checkup.

• Determine how you would like to improve your medical health.

• If you do not know how to find your pulse, today is the day to learn. Use your index and middle fingers to feel your pulse at your wrist. Count the beats that you feel in 15 seconds and multiply the number by four. That is your standing heart rate.

More tips to come in future columns.


Sleep tips
For a better night’s sleep, avoid eating or drinking these foods before bedtime:
• coffee or tea with caffeine
• large meals, digestion will slow down when you lie down and may make you feel uncomfortable
• chocolate, contains caffeine and theobromine, a natural stimulant
• spicy and chili foods, may cause stomach aches and may stimulate metabolism
• too much water, will make you have frequent bathroom visits


Creative Ways to Encourage Others on Valentine’s Day

By Roxanne Packham
Inspired Design

A handwritten note with quotes, Scriptures and words of encouragement is a wonderful thing to find in the mailbox.

Leave a sticky note on your child/husband’s pillow or be bold and write your note on the bathroom mirror or car window in red lipstick saying “I love you.”

Even an email just to say “thank you for your hard work, you bless me” can make a person’s day. A cute poem, Scripture or old photograph will remind them they are remembered.

If someone has lost a loved one, kind words of some way that loved one inspired you to do something better will let them know that their loved one’s legacy is living on.

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