Seeing the value of mentoring
Maybe you already know someone whom you consider a mentor, or perhaps you don’t see the value in accessing one.You may not even realize the many ways they can benefit from a mentor.
Mentoring works best for those who are goal driven and focused on personal development. They understand how they can benefit from what a mentor has to offer.
Many people fail to see that perhaps they already have someone who fills this role and they never acknowledge them. Do you have someone in your life that you see as successful, a role model for the life you want to lead. Someone who overcomes struggles with seeming ease? Someone who will tell you the unvarnished truth when you need it most?
Here are just a few roles a mentor plays, and why you should consider working with them.
1. PERSONALIZED COACHING
The most obvious, role a mentor can play is a coach/teacher who knows the business or the profession specific to you. From the mentors perspective, he or she can provide a clearer path for career advancement. You can benefit by learning from someone who has been there , done that and help you avoid obstacles before they arise.
2. SEE THE BIG PICTURE
When you find are struggling with the day to day priorities, a mentor can give you a safe harbor to think beyond the drama and help you to refocus on the big picture. A mentor can help lift your head above the water to see the shore.(Goal) They help you see if you are still headed to the shoreline or drifting away.
A mentor plans a course for moving forward and be an instrument of needed energy and reinforce you commitment.
A coach is totally focused on the long term picture rather than the insignificant activities that can sidetrack you.
It’s a safe place to discuss and get feedback on ideas.
One of the biggest roles a mentor plays is a safe play to bounce ideas off of, ask silly question or vent your frustrations. A trusted partnership with a personal mentor allows you to get another unbiased opinion without being judged.
4. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
Having a working relationship with a mentor greatly expands the size of your personal network. A mentor can introduce you to people outside your normal circle of associates. **Remember you are most like the 5 people you associate with on a daily basis.
The key to success when working with a mentor above all is the willingness to BE coached.
You can find mentors in the most unexpected places. Find someone who is achieving , focused and motivated and just ASK! Mentoring or being mentored is a choice. It definately pushes you out of your comfort zone. It often requires you to accept the fact that you still need to learn. Its a concept that his hard to embrace for many adults, and the older we get the more resistant we are.