“Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 (HCSB)
On the journey towards success, most people don’t fail because they lack talent.
Instead, what takes most failures out are the decisions they choose to make along the way.
Here in Proverbs 15, Solomon encourages us to surround ourselves with lots of trusted advisors in our decision making processes. Solomon understood that the voices that we choose to surround ourselves with ultimately determine what we get out of life. (Click here to send that out as a tweet to your followers).
But with so many different voices and opinions available to us today both online and in-person, what exactly should we look for when choosing a trusted advisor to speak into our lives?
No matter what area of your life you need counsel in, be sure to look for trusted advisors who can provide you with these four things:
1. An understanding of your needs.
No one can advise you in areas they themselves don’t first understand. In other words, it would be incredibly hard for someone to advise you about your current financial situation if THEY didn’t first understand or practice sound financial principles themselves.
Whether it’s an understanding of your unique individual situation or whether it’s just an understanding of the general demographic that you fall in, a trusted advisor should both know and understand something about the needs that you currently have.
2. An ability to define reality.
Oftentimes, an advisor’s greatest gift to us is to help us to assess things with the right perspective.
It’s often said “if you want to know how water tastes, don’t ask a fish.” Many times we’re too close to our current reality to objectively define it. Therefore, look for advisors that can help you to assess the true reality of the situation you’re facing.
3. A willingness to bestow instruction.
At their core, great advisors are teachers. Advisors provide you with the instructions you need to achieve your potential faster. If you want to truly become great at anything, learn from the best in that area.
P.S. Before you begin applying any instructions you’re given, no matter who they’re from, make sure that they pass what I call the “Scripture Test” (i.e., they don’t violate a God-given instruction found in Scripture).
4. Competent recommendations.
Good advisors don’t make decisions for you. But they do provide helpful recommendations along the way. They help you to see the different options and choices you have before you and they help you to know how to wisely apply the instructions that you’ve received.
Good advisors can and will make all the difference in whether your plans succeed or fail!
Now, I’d now like to hear from you…
In what ways do you surround yourself with trusted advisors before making decisions? You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.