HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Things to think about as we are in the season of ‘goal setting’
When setting a goal, it makes sense to find someone that has succeeded at what you are trying to do! If you do, your ability to achieve good results improves dramatically.
To be accountable to that Coach gives you the hope and guidance to succeed.
Mistakes are costly, emotionally and usually financially – I know I have made mistakes many times!
May I suggest a better option… a Mentor – Mentorship is Leadership – Support – Results
The key to mentorship? The mentee takes the words, advice and actions with no backlash and/or question.
Where do you fit in?
- Do it on your own and you have to learn from your own mistakes!
- Coaches get you to the next level quicker because they help you avoid mistakes!
- Mentors hold you accountable – action support results – and it gets done!
It Takes a Mentor
With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: What are the things that happen at a college or technical school that, more than anything else, produce “engaged” employees on a fulfilling career track? According to Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup’s education division, two things stand out. Successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.
“We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college, Busteed explained to me. “But we found no difference in terms of type of institution you went to — public, private, selective or not — in long-term outcomes. How you got your college education mattered most.”
Graduates who told Gallup that they had a professor or professors “who cared about them as a person — or had a mentor who encouraged their goals and dreams and/or had an internship where they applied what they were learning — were twice as likely to be engaged with their work and thriving in their overall well-being,” Busteed said.
Seven Reasons Most People Need A Mentor
Most of the mail I receive isn’t generated in response to my columns. Folks write to me because they believe, as a shrink, I have an answer to their questions about “how to make it” as a business builder. The prototype reads like this: “I’ve done well in school, am told I have great potential, but haven’t been able to board the bullet train in order to ride the fast track to success. What should I do?”
I’d like to answer all those letters now by offering one, and only one, suggestion: Find a mentor.
This isn’t my personal opinion, it’s a fact: Studies show that most people who succeed have a mentor, a Rabbi (the New York City vernacular for mentor), and only as a last resort an executive coach.
Ten Steps to Finding Your Mentor
Are you looking for a mentor – someone who will build a relationship with you, someone to teach and advise you and enable you to become a wise and effective human being? Here are ten steps to finding that person:
- Look at the people you know. Look around at the people in your personal and professional life. Is there someone you admire? Someone you would like to emulate in some way? Someone who has the wisdom you need?
- Consider people you’ve never met. Research the top individuals in the businesses, organizations and trace associations of your chosen field. Find out as much as you can about them. Identify those individuals whose values and accomplishments you most admire.
- Select a mentor who is a good listener. The best mentor is one who gets to know you – your skills and strengths and weaknesses, your individual personality and your aspirations. A good mentor should not serve as a lecturer, but as a sounding board who will help you with your struggles and help you to clarify your principles and beliefs.
- Select a mentor who levels with you. A good mentor doesn’t just encourage you, but will also tell you the blunt truth when you are moving in the wrong direction. It is also a good sign if your mentor is candid and open about his or her own life. Anyone who has accomplished great things has made mistakes along the way and will share those experiences freely so that you can learn from them.
What It Takes to Go From Dead Broke to 6 Figures in 6 Months
As entrepreneurs we know life is often a roller coaster with lots of uncertainty and chaos. When you’re in the struggle, it’s tough to see a clear path to success, but it’s crucial to let your vision guide you, not your current circumstances. You must embrace those challenges, because that’s where your hunger for a better life is developed.
Nobody wants to be broke, and nobody wants to struggle, but it’s part of the process. It’s asking the right questions, and taking the right action while in the struggle, that can change everything. When I was in my toughest spot I was dead broke but six months later I was earning a six figure income. What it took to make the change is available to everyone.
It’s easy to make decisions once you determine what your real values are.