This month is National Mentoring Month; a perfect time to create a new year’s resolution. As we think about what changes we’d like to make this year, it may be a good to have extra support and encouragement along the way. We all struggle with keeping our new year’s resolutions and having a mentor can make all the difference in the world. Success is reached with the help of others and a mentor can help you reach your goals this year.
John Crosby said it best when he stated that “mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” Mentors can help provide that push in the right direction and this month is the perfect time to do so. Some steps to helping you get to where you want to go this year and selecting a mentor:
- What’s on your list of resolutions this year?
- What type of mentor do you want?
- Evaluate options
According to a study done by Richard Wiseman from Bristol University, “3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning.” Surprisingly, both men and women in the study experienced significant increases in success when setting their goals in a social setting. In a quote from Frank Ra, author of the new year’s resolution book “A course in Happiness”, he states “resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions". Maybe this year is the time to find a mentor to help reach your goals.