How are things looking for the next 11 months? Have you met with a mentor yet? If you want to boost the success you experience, make sure you answer questions that deserve your attention and propel you forward.

It’s Time to Meet a Mentor

I read once that your net worth is closely connected to your network. As an experiment, think about the past 72 hours and make a list of the people you’ve spent considerable time with. (By “considerable” I’m thinking more than an hour in conversation.)

I hope you’ve seen this little video I made for you on building team you.

Next, think about the direction you’re going in over the next 6-12 months. Would you want to talk with any of those people about one of the goals you’ve set, or one of the problems you’re facing? Or, do you know absolutely that you’re going to have to “add” a new person to that circle of influence? Whatever you do, if you want to propel your success this year, be sure to set up a meeting with a mentor sometime soon.

Either way, email or message one of those people and set up a time to meet this week – a #CoffeeChat, lunch or afternoon walking meeting – where you can share the direction you’re heading.

Well, the first month of the new year is just about over. How are things looking for the next 11 months? If you want to boost the success you experience, make sure you answer questions that deserve your attention and propel you forward.

I read once that your net worth is closely connected to your network. As an experiment, think about the past 72 hours and make a list of the people you’ve spent considerable time with. (By “considerable” I’m thinking more than an hour in conversation.)

Yo! Where You Goin’ So Fast?

Next, think about the direction you’re going in over the next 6-12 months. Would you want to talk with any of those people about one of the goals you’ve set, or one of the problems you’re facing? Or, do you know absolutely that you’re going to have to “add” a new person to that circle of influence? If you want to get on the fast-track to professional AND personal success, be sure that you connect with a mentor…Soon!

Either way, email or message one of those people and set up a time to meet this week – a #CoffeeChat, lunch or afternoon walking meeting – where you can share the direction you’re heading and ask for the help you need. There are three prompts to think through before that meeting:

1. What is one of your specific goals for 2014? Those in our network know us, accept us and love us. The danger there is that when we DO get together, it’s often easy to talk a little about everything. Your opportunity is clear: Bring up just one thing you’d like to discuss with them, and stay there for 30 or even 45 minutes. Tell them you’d like to talk it out, and get to a point of clarity with one of the goals you have for the rest of the year.

2. What do you feel is in your way of achieving it? While you’re having that discussion, you’ll recognize certain things are in the way, other things will be along the way. Don’t confuse them. An apparent roadblock may indeed be a milestone. A problem may be a pivot point. By acknowledging what you think and feel is in your way, you can change and reset your perspective. This leads you straight in to the third question.

3. What is the specific help you need to achieve that goal? Only answer this question after you’ve done the work of going through the first two. You see, people love to help, they’re just wary of being asked. So, by doing the work of answering all these questions, you put yourself in a position of proactive power.

Reviewing and revising the answers to those questions over the next month will engage you; you’ll do more than just “thinking” about the goal; you’ll recognize the effort needed and plan for the support you’re going to need to achieve that success.
Do you know what you’re going to do next, to make things better? Use these tactics and get back to work on a professional/career goal like starting a new business, or a personal goal like getting in shape. Take just about 15 minutes, right now, and come up with the questions that you know need to be answered.

Then, ask around. Someone in your current network will step up to give you advice.

Leave a comment with one of the questions you identified. Reading your question may encourage one reader to take action today.