Mrs Dixon. Mrs Light-James. Ms. McFann.
These amazing women, all teachers, along my journey were my #WCW before there was a Woman Crush Wednesday. They all mentored me and helped me to see the Incredible on the inside of me.
In this week’s episode I am talking about my mentors and sharing five keys for choosing your own.
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Mentorship is essential to achieving any moniker of success. Choosing the right mentors is the difference between being fulfilled and held accountable and disappointed. Before I choose a new mentor, I ask myself these five questions. And I should honestly share that asking these five questions came after buying into the hype of marketers who talk a good game but don’t deliver on what they promise.
Question 1: Do my values align with the teacher? This is extremely important to me. I am a spiritual being and I believe in God and his abundance universe. To have a mentor who doesn’t believe like I believe would be a challenge for me. I need someone who can offer spiritual insight, prayer and guidance in addition to business or professional support.
Question 2: Is the teacher experienced and have they already done what I desire to do? In this day and time, it’s important that my mentors have experience in what I am looking to accomplish. I want to be able to learn from their mistakes and short cut my path to success. If they aren’t experienced, I have to question the value they can add to me. A way to determine your potential mentor’s experience is to talk with those who know them. What are the themes that run through conversations about them.
Question 3: Is the teacher CURRENTLY doing what I desire to do? I realized a long time ago that I wanted to learn from people who are actively and currently adding the value I desire to add, and so should you. I don’t want to work with anyone who in their “hay day” was the best who ever did it. I need to be working with those who RIGHT NOW are the best who ever did it.
Question 4: Does the teacher have results? I think it’s wonderful when a coach, consultant, etc. toots their own horn. They absolutely should be comfortable speaking of their greatness. But, it’s much better when the clients they serve speak of how they were transformed because of the mentor. As a result, I am looking for cold hard results from those they’ve worked with so that I can get a comfort level that they can help to get results as well. While I know that every result is different seeing what kinds of results they produce gives an indication of what is possible if you commit to doing the work.
Question 5: What will happen if I don’t take action NOW? This is a big one. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be left behind because of fear. Honestly, fear is the only reason why we would ever not take an action. So, I don’t let fear make executive decisions in my company and I now thoroughly check in with myself and based on what I feel intuitively and what I’ve researched if I know that I am willing to do the work, I take the action.
So, now I want to hear from you. What’s your two cents? What questions do you ask before choosing a mentor?
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