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A good adviser does three things: they observe you, instruct you, and motivate you. At first, the thought of having someone evaluate you may be intimidating. But think about it; people are watching you, anyway, so why not have a good adviser.

Let’s face it, most people need somebody who can advise them on life issues, problems or directions. Personal discipline, family relationships, decision making, handling finance, conflict resolution, choosing the right people, breaking bad habits and establishing good ones, goal setting and planning for the future are just a few reasons for having a trusted advisor.

If we knew all the answers to life’s questions, we would not need an adviser. Consider an adviser as a life coach—someone to advise you on critical issues that you encounter. This person would be invaluable in helping you make the right decisions.

If you are serious about succeeding, look for an environment where you will be mentored. Initially, what you learn from an advisor is more important than trying to accomplish the unknown or navigating through the foggy landscapes of life.

Of course, seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. In this new year, what you don’t know can hurt you and put a lid on your potential. Opening doors of evaluation is something you owe to yourself and those who depend on you.

The most important thing about having an advisor is that you can pass on to others what you have learned. The bible teaches us this: “Freely ye have received, freely give.”

None of us are responsible for knowing everything; you are just responsible for sharing what you know with others. As you share with others what you have learned from God and others, they too will go further and grow faster in life. So, ask God for good advisers and become one to somebody else. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Dr. Walter Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net