Mentoring helps you to question your motives, providing inspiration and insight into who you are, what’s important to you and why you do what you do.
As a personal development mentor I act as your guide, helping you to gain clarity on what you want while working to align with your unique purpose.
What does success mean for you?
What’s your definition of success? Asking this question helps you to reflect on your goals – which can either be long-term, or more immediate like working on a specific project. It’s important to hold your vision lightly as you continue to shape your craft.
What’s your most favourable outcome?
What do you want and what are you willing to pay? There are many paths to happiness. Choosing the one most aligned with what you want is powerful and can have long-lasting effects. This question therefore has the ability to open your eyes to what the best way is for you to achieve success.
What do you want to change in 3 and 5 years?
This question helps you focus on your long-term goals. As a result you will gain a big-picture understanding of the areas in your life you will need to grow in order to get where you want to be in 3 and 5 years down the line.
Your 3-year goals still give you enough time to initiate change aligned with your vision while you actively transform yourself or your relationships to achieve what you want.
What challenges are you facing?
Rather than side-step uncomfortable truths, this question gets to the core of the matter. You will therefore be able to outline what challenges you are facing and the skills and mindset you will need to overcome them.
Consequently, rather than resisting your challenges, you can develop and grow in the areas needed to give you the confidence to overcome your challenges and use a growth mindset.
What’s in your control?
This question gives you the power to control the controllable while releasing or letting go of that which no longer serves you.
Your unique differentiation means that you are able to play to your strengths – to what you can control. This is empowering and will give you what you need to help you achieve your goals.
What are your opportunities?
When we are faced with challenges it’s easy to get stuck in a limiting framework by focusing on what’s not working. Rather use this question to reframe the narrative, to actively engage your unique skills and abilities, to get into the flow state, and perform to the best of your ability.
Your opportunities to excel in any given challenge are numerous and relies on using your unique skill-set and a growth mindset to exert maximum efficiency to get what you want.
What’s your ‘why’?
A key part of mentoring is helping you get to the underlying narrative of what shapes and drives your behavior. This question therefore helps you dig deeper to uncover what you might’ve missed in the overall narrative.
Why you do what you do is critical to understanding your unique purpose, and living your life according to your values.
How are you learning?
Are you actively engaged in your own personal growth? Are you reading, watching videos, and partaking in seminars or webinars to help you expand your knowledge and grow your skills? What precisely are you reading and watching, and are you sharing your new knowledge to increase your sphere of influence? These are all important questions to help foster a growth mindset.
In this article I have outlined just a few of the core questions I use in the mentoring process to help you achieve your goals. If you would like further help and specific guidance to get you on track to achieving your short-term and long-term goals, then book a mentoring session.