5 Reasons to Connect with a Mentor in 2014

Posted January 7, 2014 by Guest Writer in On the Ladder

If you’re like many Career Girls, you’ve drafted a to-do list of goals for 2014.  Take a few minutes to review your list. If you had a team to support you in moving forward in your career, wouldn’t it make accomplishing your goals so much easier? As a life coach, I often encourage my clients to think about who they want on their team to help them achieve their idea of success. We often discuss the role of a mentor as being part of their team.

A mentor acts as a role model and gives advice since they have walked the path that has led them to achieve their idea of success. In contrast, a coach does not use their experiences as a model for success. Instead, the coach partners with the client to guide them to find the solution and path that is a best fit for them based on factors such as the client’s strengths, competing priorities, and available resources. Both coaches and mentors serve important, but unique roles!

Here’s 5 Reasons to Connect with a Mentor in 2014

  1. Encouragement to Get Uncomfortable – If you ask many Career Girls how they achieved success, remaining in their comfort zone is usually not on the list. What makes you feel uncomfortable? Whether it’s networking, interviewing, public speaking, or leading a team, a mentor can give you tips based on their experiences to help you step confidently into these uncomfortable areas in order for you to grow personally and professionally.
  2.  Be Your Cheerleader– Especially when taking steps to make changes in your life, it’s common to have days when you feel unsure about your direction or like you want to give up. A mentor can serve as your cheerleader and help to pick yourself up on those “blah” days so that you can continue to pursue your passion.
  3. Avoid Reinventing the Wheel – Lucky for you, mentors have “been there and done that.” They can save you a huge amount of painstaking effort, tears, frustration, and time because they have already been down the path, which you are embarking. They can provide you with helpful advice about how to effectively move forward and bypass the huge hurdles to success.
  4. Connections to Take You to the Next Level – Whether you want to believe it or not, it’s often all about who you know. Many mentors are highly engaged in their industry through professional associations, networking groups, and conferences. They can introduce you to people within their vast network that can help get you to the next level. No longer are you spinning your wheels, strategically planning how to connect with the change makers in your industry. The connection is often just a phone call away with the help of a mentor.
  5. Proof that Success is Possible – When you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, and burned out, and like nothing is working as expected, it’s reassuring to know that someone has overcome similar obstacles. This often serves as a motivator especially on the days when you want to give up, eat ice cream for dinner, or bury your head in the pillow.

As founder of Turning 30 Coach, Lindsay Laughnan runs a fun and supportive online community exclusively for 20 and 30-somethings who want to figure it all out and fall in love with their lives. Lindsay enthusiastically helps her clients take their lives from searching to satisfied. In addition to running the online community, Lindsay coaches individual clients, is a blogger, enjoys practicing yoga, and exploring hiking trails. Connect with Lindsay on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

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