If you missed my article on why I don’t do coaching but why I approve of mentors, go and take a look under the title ‘Why I don’t do coaching, but I will mentor you’
Well, it’s okay thinking you need a mentor, but what if you’re not ready for a mentor? Engaging with a mentor at the wrong time, or even the wrong mentor, could prove just as damaging for your business and your own self-confidence. You need to have the right mindset and be open to mentorship.
Here’s a simple quiz you can take that will help you decide if you’re ready for a Mentor.
Follow the approach below and decide for yourself.
Guide: Answer each question as either; No, Not Sure or Yes. Count all the answers for each response. And then review the key after the questions.
How true are these statements?
I can be relied upon to take being mentored seriously.
I believe this is the right time for me to accept mentoring.
I am fully willing to do the work and let the mentor guide m.
I keep my word without struggling or sabotaging.
I will approach the mentorship with an open mind and try out new ideas.
I will be honest with myself and my mentor.
I will be open and honest with my mentor and will express my expectations as they come to mind.
I will stop self-defeating behaviours which have limited my success.
I see mentoring as a worthwhile investment in my business and my life.
I am able to appreciate the success I gain from being mentored.
Now, count the number of No’s, Not Sure’s and Yes’s.
5 or more No’s – sorry you’re not ready. Maybe take a good look at how your business is progressing and also look at widening your reading material, look for successful people you would like to be like and read as much as you can of what they write or talk about including their autobiography. Retake the quiz when you feel more confident.
5 or more Not Sure’s – sorry, you’re not ready. You should also take the same approach as having 5 + No’s. You need to be more self-confident and self-assured. Become more proactive and determined. Once you are more proactive and can start to feel and see progress in your business, retake the quiz.
5 – 7 Yes’s – You are ready for a mentor, you will need to be completely honest and straight with your mentor. It’s very likely you will both have to work at it, but with focus and action you can progress and get a great benefit from being mentored.
8 + Yes’s – You absolutely will gain from mentoring. Find a mentor you can work with and get them to challenge you and make you accountable for all your actions.
I hope this has given you food for thought, if you are serious about growing your business or even looking to extend your options in your career, then a mentor can be a very useful addition to your support team.
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Till next time…
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