Want to Boost Your Career? Here’s how Looking up to a Mentor Could Help
We make decisions on a daily basis, from something as minute as choosing to read this article to choosing a new career, we decide on many things. Some decisions need no thoughtful analysis while others need to go through a whole process of reasoning.
Have we had taken the right decision at the right moment we would be enjoying the benefits but if at all the decision we took let us down, we need to consider and think where we went wrong so that we could spot and eliminate the factor that made things go wrong.
There are some weak points that we know we have, and we could have committed a mistake but there are the other times when we don’t realize the mistake we made. In the event that you can’t find where you made a mistake, you’ll need an experienced person to tell you what went wrong.
But say you found the mistake and rectified it but you do not get the expected results, what do you do?
There could be many who try to manipulate the decisions in your career and some might make you tread the same path that worked for them and what they think is the best for you as a fool-proof way. But a good mentor gives you the space to work out who you are and will analyze your skills, desires, and talents to push you to become a better version of yourself, not a clone of themselves. In the process of molding you into a better version of yourself, they too make you realize and learn many things;
Acknowledge your shortcomings
On progression to reach our goals, it is very important that we eliminate all factors that hinder or stand in the way of progression. But what if we fail to recognize the mistake or maybe you’ve found the mistake and rectified it as per your knowledge but you don’t get the expected results. In that case what do you do?
There may be many who find your mistakes but few who’d help you out. If you find someone who shares the same professionalism values in the workplace and genuinely likes to see you thrive, stick to that person. Better if that person you found could ask questions and help you find your own mistakes. If you happen to find one with such qualities, take him as your mentor.
Develop your skills
Identifying your strengths is as important as knowing your shortcomings. You might probably know what you are good at, but a mentor will be able to see some other skill that you didn’t realize was embedded in you. Maybe you are mediocre at that skill but with the right mentor, you could develop that skill into your strength.
You may be having goals and targets in your mind, some of them could be unrealistic while others could be too easy. A mentor will always be able to break it down to pieces and set targets that you could achieve within a time frame by developing your skills.
They encourage you to step out of your comfort zone
Having had a close look at how you react and what your mentality is in the face of new challenges, the mentors have the ability to draw the borders of your comfort zone. And if by any chance they see that your comfort zone doesn’t afford the skills or talent you need to become who want to be, they will force you to step out of your zone and make you comfortable at being uncomfortable.
Although you may face new challenges, new targets that might daunt you in the new environment, mentors will be able to help you and motivate you to attain new heights.
Mentors are good listeners and when you have more to complain about than to compliment about the new environment, you’ll feel that you are being listened to rather than your woes falling on deaf ears. Mentors are emotionally intelligent and they know how to react to people’s emotions. Although they may have empathy for the person, they control and don’t let the emotions get the better of them when making decisions. They know that neither the novelty to a new environment nor the familiarity with the so-called comfort zone is going to last.
Discuss difficult decisions
Finding answers to questions may be difficult; when is the right time to ask for a raise? When do I change careers? Are my transitional skills good enough to hold me up in the new career? are a few questions that could haunt you. But you got to remember that your mentor too could have had gone through the same stages in his professional career and on top of that he might have even advised and seen his previous mentees well off that pivotal point, and therefore whatever advice that a mentor offers could be backed up with experience and passion of seeing his mentees do well. No matter the stage of your career; be it the early stages, middle or end of your career a mentor will always be the go-to person if you want to make better decisions in your life.