How to set mentoring goals.
Should I know what my goals are before I get a mentor?
This is probably the biggest question that stops people finding a mentor... because they don't know their goals and never get the chance to define them.
It is similar to asking “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”. Goals then mentor or mentor then goals,
I don’t know about you, but I have always struggled to know what I want to be when I grow up. What are my life, family and career goals. I bet there are billions of people like that too. And I bet that you have, or have had, this problem too!
So what should come first, knowing your goals or getting a mentor?
I want to dispel the misconception that you need to know exactly what you want to do before getting a mentor. It is actually the other way around.
A good mentor will help you define your initial goals you want to achieve. They will then help you, during your mentoring journey, to refine them until the truly resonate with you. Once you have this clarity, you will become an unstoppable force!
How do they do this? By giving you a safe space to voice your thoughts without judgement, asking you questions, asking you for clarifications, listing to your answers and articulating it back to you until it’s at agreed. It’s that simple! And it’s cheap (cheep).
So if you are sitting there reading this article and thinking “I wish I could have better goals” then you now have a solution.
If you are stuck for goals, here are some ideas to help get you thinking.
- Are you wanting to progress in your current role or looking to do something different? Your goal can be around your career aspirations and moving yourself to your next level.
- Do you want to become a leader, a entreprenuer or a specialist? Your goal can be around becoming better in that role.
- What are you good at and how do you want to better use that? What do you do that doesn't feel like work? Your goal can be around getting to use your superpower more
- What are your business and career dreams? Your goal could be around transition to doing it.
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