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The Mentorship Experiment

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Experiment to make a positive change.

Last week's question was “What is ONE thing you can do to make this Thanksgiving meaningful for you?” I said I was going to host a Thanksgiving dinner for my family by ordering in pizza instead of making a turkey. I also wanted to create a new tradition of giving everyone little note papers to write something that they are grateful for about each member of the family. Everyone got their own little loot bag to collect their notes and treats. So everyone left with a bag of rainy day notes to read and treats to enjoy on days when they are feeling down. I'm so glad I had made this plan because as it turned out, my son broke his arm in his hockey game the night before our Thanksgiving party. He and I didn't get home from the hospital until 5 am, so if I had to make a big turkey dinner after that, I think I would have had to cancel. Instead, it was great to have the family come over and be with us and make us all feel better. And the Thanksgiving loot bags went over really well. I must admit that I read all my notes last night because I felt like I needed a boost after the night in the hospital, watching my son suffer in pain and having to get a giant cast up to the top of his arm.

This week's question is, "What is ONE Thing you can learn from a mentor?" What I mean by "mentor," is anyone you admire and can emulate what they do to help you improve at work or in life. I had a couple of ideas for myself for this one because I have many mentors in the field of personal development. I decided to pick the idea of getting up at 5am every morning from Robin Sharma, from his book, The 5am Club. It isn't a new idea since we've all heard 'the early bird gets the worm' and 'early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." I tried a similar idea this summer when I did my virtual writer's retreat. For that entire week, I got up at 3 am (another idea I copied from my inspirational neighbour who practices this all the time and finds it to profoundly increases his productivity). The 3 am experiment was a success for that week in the summer, but I think 5 am may be more sustainable for me. I will let you know next week.

Some other ideas could be, choosing one concept from many of the self help gurus to focus on. I chose the concept of waking at 5 am from Robin Sharma. You could choose 1 idea from Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Napolean Hill or numerous others in this field. It could be to write your goal down and look at it daily. It could be to spend 5 minutes focussed on being present, or a mindfulness exercise. It could be to change a thought pattern. Or you could look for mentors in your immediate world. Maybe take an idea from a friend or colleague you admire. If you see them doing something that works for them, try it out for the week and see if it works for you.

Whatever you choose, this would be a great one to share. I'd love to hear what you are trying and also if it worked for you. If you want to create any kind of change in your life, you need to start by experimenting with something new. What will you do this week to learn from a mentor? Please share anything you would like in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group!

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