Sunday, April 19, 2015
Much is made today about the mentoring role in many things. A mentor is defined as someone older, and with experience in the area that the person needs to learn
The things a mentor does is:
◾Teaches the mentoree about a specific issue
◾Coaches the mentoree on a particular skill
◾Facilitates the mentoree’s growth by sharing resources and networks
◾Challenges the mentoree to move beyond his or her comfort zone
◾Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks
◾Focuses on the mentoree’s total development
One must remember however that in order to mentor with effect, the person being mentored must be fully committed to the process that they are trying to learn.
I have tried to mentor others in the journey toward better health and or weight loss.
If not fully invested in the process they will fall back on the bad habits that got them there.
They will hear only what they want to hear. They may set themselves up for failure by setting unrealistic goals. They may need to read and get more informed about nutritional needs. They may need to be demonstrated oh portion control at home and how to do when going out.
They may not even write the goals down so that they can monitor progress. They may need help breaking bigger goals into smaller steps.
The mentored person needs encouragement and positive feedback. They need to identify support within their own home. They need to enlist the aid of their spouse and children.
Just like an alcoholic or drug addict that is recovering from their addiction, they may need to hang with others who have healthier habits for a while. If they have an eating buddy; they may not be good for each other.
They must learn to measure and weight portions. Use scales, or measuring cups, or premade portions; They need to know that usually the portions in restaurants are generally way to large. They need to ask for that to go box to be delivered with the meal. You will then have that food for another good meal or another day.
Your mentor can share with you how they overcame those temptations, those hurdles. That mentor can redirect your thinking to progress mode.
Seek a mentor that you can trust. You may need to talk about things other that eating that stimulate you to over eat. You might find ways to deal with those stressors by sharing.
Good mentoring to you!