How To Find A Mentor

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind having a mentor. Since, I cannot afford to hire Michelle Obama, Tony Robbins or Miranda from Devil Wears Prada, I need to find my own. 

For some people in my life, I fit that role.  I am the person they ask for advice, bounce ideas off of or get motivation from, but I do not have that person in my life.  Don't get me wrong, my husband is beyond supportive of me and all my endeavors, but he is quiet by nature and not the best verbal cheerleader.  My dearest friend is a great listener and has a heart of gold, but she's not the best at forcing me to workout. I need a person to provide motivation, constructive criticism or brutal honesty, and an extra vote of confidence.

Here's how to find a mentor:

Figure out what you need from a mentor and write it down. 

Do a mental review of your current circle, include some acquaintances.

Narrow down a few people whom you think would best fit your needs.  

Then, narrow it down further by asking yourself who they are in your life now. For instance, do they already fit that role in your life without you realizing it.  

Contact them. This is not the time to beat around the bush, be bold! 

In my situation, I ignored a lot of the signs, but I knew she was awesome, and I finally got the courage to message her.  Here's the message I sent:
Hey ----! Sooo I was talking to my husband about the fact that I'm the Tony Robbins for everyone in my life, but nobody is for me.  Guess what?! I would love you to be my Tony Robbins aka kick ass mentor mom-friend motivator super woman! Are you in?  
Her response:
You are so sweet! Let's meet up to chat and see how I can support you.  We can run and chat (or just chat!) on Friday. 
If you have yet, to find a mentor, don't give up.  Stay alert, make connections and put yourself out there.  Eventually, the signs will point you in their direction. 

I am super excited to sit down with with my mentor-motivator-superwoman.  Her response says it all, let's chat and see how I can support you.  This is what a Michelle Obama would say. 

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