We have all experienced times when “we cannot see the forest through the trees.” There are situations at work that will totally absorbed all of my time, effort and energy to try to come up with a solution to correct them. At times I will lose sight of what of what I was trying to accomplish and will have to step back and re-group.
It is almost like digging a tunnel to get somewhere and at the same time throwing dirt on top of yourself. The dirt gets in your eyes and you can no longer see clearly.
When situations like this happen it good to have a mentor or to help you out. A mentor really can help you out when you have sort of lost your way. They direct you back on the path and help with clarity of your goal or vision.
I have found tremendous help with my mentors. They have been helpful in more ways than I can count. Being a manager or supervisor can be very frustrating and the answers for some problems are not quite as clear as we would like.
Seeking help and advice from respected mentors or coach helps us to grow in our positions. We gain knowledge from those who have more wisdom, who have walked where we are now walking.
We cannot always have the answers and looking to someone else may give the information or confirmation that is needed.
Below are some interesting facts about buzzards, bats and bees that could give good reasons for seeking out a good mentor or coach for advice when you need it.
The Buzzard, The Bat, and the Bumblebee
If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
A Bumblebee if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the answer is right there above them. ~ author unknown