Mentoring is a malleable term that looks a little different in every situation. But there are some key components that drive home why mentoring is something we all need and what mentoring can truly offer. The question is: Are you ready to be mentored?
Four questions to determine if mentoring is something you’re ready to embrace
- Are you receptive to guidance? If you’ve got more of a know-it-all personality, a mentoring relationship won’t come naturally to you, and might not work at all. In the yoga world, we often discuss maintaining a ‘beginner’s mind’. A tall order for sure, but the more open you can be to direction and suggestion, the more profitable the mentoring experience will be. Mentoring isn’t about having someone to go to for quick answers. A solid mentor knows to ask more questions to allow the mentee to arrive at the answers that will work for them in the pursuits they endeavor. But sometimes, yes, straight up advice will be given. The mentee needs to be able to hear and digest it.
- Are you good at hearing all types of feedback? Some folks just can’t take a compliment, right? Don’t be that person. Feedback is a grouping of opinions rooted in experience, knowledge, and wisdom. If you have pessimistic tendencies, learning to hear all types of feedback will help you move towards a more optimistic approach to feedback. Take the positive words humbly and with gratitude. Take the constructive guidance the same. You’ll progress.
- Do you like to learn and dig in deep to new ideas? Oh good, then you might wind up being a mentoring champion. Getting out of our comfort zones is a vastly important if we want to grow and develop, especially in a brand new field where we have a deep interest, but not a whole lotta know-how. Learning by listening, trying and failing and trying again, but with the newfound knowledge the failure gifted you is how concepts begin to seep in and take root.
- Do you really want to know yourself better? Taking a serious look within and dealing with whatever the truth unearths is a big part of the mentoring process. Being truly ready to be mentored means you’ve decided you want to grow and change. Becoming a more patient version of yourself and more introspective will alter your point of view in a way that will help you be more receptive. We all know the famous quote by Lao Tzu, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear.” Tis true, ya’ll.
By Lara Falberg
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