This week I had the most incredible walking date with an incredible mentor and friend. A few years above me, and known for being a compassionate and competent Doctor, I am so privileged to spend time with her. Learning from someone who is passionate about the areas of medicine that I am, and successful and respected in what she does is so deeply valuable. I found myself refreshed, and inspired and reminded once again of the importance of being mentored.
Enter the mentoring series! I hope you enjoy the following articles around this life-changing practice.
My question today is this: If you find a potential mentor, how does one best position themselves to be mentored? John Maxwell says it beautifully in his chapter The Law of Awareness from his book The 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth:
He says this.
- “Possess a teachable Spirit.”
- “Always be prepared for the time you get with your mentor.”
- “Set your agenda by asking great questions.”
- “Demonstrate how you’ve learned from your time together.”
- “Be accountable for what you learned.”
How you choose to do this is up to you.
Here are some hints that I have learned:
I always come with questions. I ask for resources. I try to talk less and listen more. And if my mentor gives any advice, I ensure I have at least tried to read, listen, or attempt to what they advised prior to seeing them again. I observe things they do and ask them why they do it. I look for ways I could bless them without asking and go out of my way to do that.
I loved this excerpt from John Maxwell’s book on the Chapter The Law of Awareness:
“One of the people I have enjoyed investing in is Courtney McBath of Norfolk Virginia. The second time I met with him he said the following.”
- “Here’s is what I asked.
- Here is what you shared.
- Here’s what I did.
- Now can I ask more questions?”
With someone who follows though like that, my answer is always yes.
Every person who can help you is not necessarily the right person to help you. You must pick and choose. And so must they. Your goal should be to find a fit that is mutually beneficial for both mentor and mentee.”
Beloveds, I exhort you Find a mentor. Learn how to be mentored! And one of the best ways to learn how to be mentored is to mentor someone else. Mentoring someone will teach you how to be mentored by someone else.
That is all. I promise It will change your life.
You are deeply loved and richly cherished.
Dr Christine Greenwood
Own Your Health – Changing the Way You Think, Eat and live.
Wink: I am OBSESSED with John Maxwell. He has written 87 books and is known as the greatest leadership voice in America. If there is ANYONE that can teach on how to be mentored and how to mentor it is Him. WHAT A KING AMONGST MEN.