Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the fourth in the series of mentoring lessons outlining important topics to consider when approaching a mentoring relationship.  The full transcript of the book can be found on Amazon.  The lessons are intended to help the reader approach mentoring relationships with better perspective and can also be useful to the mentor in guiding the relationship and discussion for their mentee or protégé.

Having Courage

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage?  Courage simply means moving in the direction of your fears.  Courage means taking actionable steps toward your goals.  It may mean having a fierce conversation, walking away from someone or something, or taking an important first step.  Courageous action can be inspired by really understanding your fears and determining where those fears are coming from.

Often, self-limiting beliefs and fear of failure can hold us back and having courage to take necessary steps can be scary.  Fear of the unknown can have a way of paralyzing us from taking the necessary actions.  The first step in overcoming these fears is identifying them.

Prior to approaching a mentoring relationship, it is critical to spend some time determining what may be holding you back, in order to determine the best mentor for you.

Here are some questions to consider to get you started:

  • What self-limiting beliefs hold you back in certain areas?
  • Are there areas in your life you could improve?
  • What is your greatest fear?

By better understanding your self-limiting beliefs and identifying your fears, you will be taking the first step in determining the type of mentor you would work well with to develop the courage to face your fears.

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.


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