Have you ever faced a challenge truly alone and wished you had someone there? Do you feel alone in your triumphs? Do you feel the struggle of setting goals and, once they are set, do you struggle with sticking to them?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then a mentor might be a great thing for you to have.
Covered in this blog
- Who is a mentor?
- Mentorship in the workplace
- Mentorship in sports
- How a mentor can help
Who is a mentor?
Throughout life we have all had mentors whether we knew it or not. Think back to that teacher that inspired you to go reach for the stars. Think to when you started your first job and someone with experience took you under their wing. And if those aren’t relatable, think to the first time you joined a group ride, run or swim, someone would have come and asked what it is you want to achieve, how you will get started, and then supported you to see it through.
When I decided I wanted to ride 800km to Las Vegas in 4 days, including flights from the UK, with very little training and being built more for rugby; members of my cycling club, that had done crazy rides before, helped me understand how to break it down into smaller components and the other challenges I would face with it. They supported me, pushed me and filled me full of confidence before I set off on leg one in the UK rain!
Mentorship in the workplace
Mentorship in the work place is very common theses days. Why? Because it helps with team integration, targets, and therefore growth. In the world of sports, a coach has always been the best mentor, or someone you train with who has the experiences you desire. Since the 90s there has been a huge growth in sports psychology, but alongside this, many teams now implement leadership groups of experienced players to help mentor the team to success. Mentorship is now seen as a great addition to traditional coaching, offering that support to those who have goals to achieve both individually and within a team setting.
Mentorship in sports
If you are reading this blog, you are probably in the individual pursuits of cycling, running and/or triathlon; and as social as these can be they are often lonely sports. Long hours of turbo training on your own, early morning runs before work in the dark, or even swimming endless lengths of a pool. It is a battle of being both physically strong to progress and grow as well as the mental toughness to keep going.
We have all had those days where it is a little colder, raining or we just don’t feel like it. We go out solo in our pursuits without a coach or club to train with. Maybe your partner doesn’t understand that crazy drive to run in the dark and ride in the rain. Then step up the mentor.
What a mentor can do to help
A mentor is not a coach. The idea of a mentor is to be that sounding board when you have tough days and offer words of encouragement. They are someone with an experience of what you are setting out to achieve so can help you avoid pitfalls and learn from. They are a friend with a common passion and a drive to see you succeed.
You don’t have to be alone. You don’t have to have a coach or a team around you. Sometimes you just need that person there who is willing to answer a text when struggling, have a weekly video chat with you, be an accountability partner, offer advice from experience, and be your cheerleader. You can achieve more with a mentor by your side.
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