The Advisory Board of Your Life

This new year it’s all about leveling up. We aim to climb the ladder of success in business and life with the clarity of the 2020 vision. To help us along the way we need education, solid advice, and a whole lot of honesty. Ladies, it’s time to check in with the advisory board of your life.

Don’t think you have an advisory board? Sure you do. An advisory board is a body that provides strategic advice to the management of a corporation, organization, or person. Think about the people you admire and trust that help influence your decisions in life. They can be family, friends, or co-workers. No matter their connection to you, they are a mentor and help shape you in some kind of way. Whether you’re aware of it or not, they are your personal advisory board. They are there for you and give you an unbiased, educated opinion to help guide you to your best life. They are invaluable.

Since it’s the start of a new year, it is time to take stock of your personal advisory board and check-in. Call up each person and connect with them to either strengthen that relationship or renew it. Now is the time to hold onto to those who know you, care for you and have your best interest at heart.

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. -Oprah Winfrey

Now, if you truly don’t have an advisory board, or mentors to help you in this new year, we encourage you to create one. Here’s how…

First, take stock of the different areas of your life and put them into categories such as; work, personal development, relationships, health, social and spiritual. With each category set an intention for what goal you want to achieve.

Next, take an inventory of the people around you. Does anyone stand out as admirable or helpful as you achieve your personal goals? It can be a different person for each category. Someone may be excellent at work and health but not so great at creating a solid social life. There is no one person perfect at it all, but find people that seem to flourish in one or more of these areas and consider them someone you can lean on and learn from.

Then, be intentional about continuing and/or fostering a relationship with each person. It doesn’t have to be so formal as to ask them, “Will you be on my personal advisory board?” They may never even know the important role they play in your life, but take the time to check in with them, seek their guidance, and listen to their advice.

Finally, make sure you show your appreciation to those who take the time out to help you on your journey. A dinner or lunch date goes a long way as a token of appreciation for a mentor. And never underestimate the power of a simple “Thank you”. It’s your appreciation that can invigorate and strengthen your relationship.

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well, I'm sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

Having an advisory board for your life can be powerful and life-changing. With their guidance, honesty, and encouragement you can reach any goal that you have set. Check-in with them and get started on the next phase of life. Then, as you grow and accomplish your goals, you can become an advisory board member for someone in your life to pay it forward. Whoopi Goldberg once said, “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”