4 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor
Merriam Websters defines mentorship as, “the influence, guidance, or direction given by a mentor." They define mentor as, “a trusted counselor or guide.” So, the goal and intention in having a mentor is having a trusted person in your life who can help guide your life, ideally in a very positive and meaningful way.
Here are just some of the ways in which mentors support the goals and lives of their proteges.
Mentors Offer a Different Perspective
Mentors are often successful leaders in their field. They have years of experience in dealing with particular situations or certain types of people. If you’re experiencing a challenging situation, whether it be at work or at home, there’s a good chance that a mentor has been through a similar situation, or even multiple similar situations. It’s also possible that they’ve been in a similar situation in the opposite role and can offer a different perspective. For example, if you have an issue with a supervisor, share it with someone you know who’s been in a supervisory position. They may be able to share viewpoints or policies that you may not have been previously aware of, which can help you make a better decision on how you want to move forward with the challenge.
Mentors Hold Us Accountable
Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to keep commitments when you’re the only one keeping track of them? How much easier is it to get up at 6 a.m and go for that run if you know that your friend will be waiting for you at the end of your driveway at 6:30? Having a mentor is like having a teammate who is aware of your goals and wants to see you succeed in them. If you make a commitment towards a specific goal, you can share it with your mentor. They can check back in with you on whether you’ve achieved it. And they can offer encouragement throughout the process.
Mentors Are Your Own Personal Cheerleaders
Often times, it’s easy for us to focus only on things that go wrong, where we fall short, or worrying about what still needs to be done. Mentors have the power to bring our focus back out to an expanded perspective and help us see what we’ve already accomplished. They can remind you of all the work you’ve put into your goals up to now and how far you’ve come. They know your ultimate end game and they won’t let you get bogged down by hurdles along the way. And if you do fall susceptible, they’ll do what they can to help you pick yourself up and get back on track. They want to see you succeed just as much as you want to see yourself succeed.
Mentors Help Us Grow
Congratulations! Just reading this article supports your intention to grow. Taking the next steps toward creating a mentorship of your own is a way to follow up even further on that intention. The nature of the mentor/protege relationship is to support and nurture growth and gain guidance in your life. Having another person on your team dedicated to helping you will only further support your own growth.
Now that you know just a few of the benefits of having a mentor, you may be asking yourself, how do I get a mentor?
A good place to start is to look at the people you already know. Is there someone you look up to? Is there someone who is already living the ideals that you would like to achieve yourself? After you determine the possible mentor(s), all you have to do is ask. Even if a person says no, they’ll probably be flattered that you deem them a valuable mentor to have. If they are interested, you can discuss how cultivating that relationship would work best for both of you.
Another option is to hire a professional. The mentor/protege relationship is a lot like the relationship between clients and coaches. A coach supports their clients in focused growth, setting targeted goals, shares alternative perspectives and so much more. At David Couper Consulting, coaching is the very heart of our service offerings. Take a look and see if our services can support you at https://davidcouperconsulting.com/coaching-training.
Melissa Schoenecker is a freelance writer and co-creator of the universe based in Venice, California. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a Master's Degree from the University of Santa Monica. She contributes to a number of blogs and online postings, but her best work can be found in her gratitude journal.