I am a huge proponent of mentoring and think finding a mentor is one of the best ways to fastback your success in any area of life. Given that fact i want to propose the next level of mentorship which I am calling a personal advisory board. Unfortunately one person isn't going to be an expert in all areas that you may need help with in order to reach all of your goals. An example would be someone who has career success you want to mirror but their spiritual life isn't at the level you aspire to achieve. This is a perfect example of where a personal advisory board can come into play. Another consideration is when you only rely on one mentor it can be a heavy burden for them to support you in multiple aspects of life. A personal advisory board spreads the burden across multiple individuals and gives you broader access to different types of expertise.
So, what would a personal advisory board look like? These are my suggestions but feel free to customize them to what works best for you and your unique needs. Identify 3-5 people you would like to be on your advisory board. Each of them should be an expert in the area you need their mentorship. Some suggested areas could be: Marriage/relationships, career, health, finance, spirituality.
Next, ask each person to serve on your board and tell them why you chose them and what your goals are for your relationship. It is very important that YOU drive the relationship and the goals for when you meet. You are asking them to invest their valuable time with you so it is up to you to be prepared for your discussions and use the time wisely. I suggest setting one on one monthly meetings with each person separately. Discuss your current questions or issues and keep meeting minutes you can refer to later. Make specific goals with each board member.
Ask each member of your board to lead one of the meetings every 6 months to evaluate you and your progress on the goals you laid out for the 6 month period and where they see your biggest room for growth.
Maybe this sounds crazy to you but excellence takes being willing to push yourself above your comfort level. You want to give yourself the best opportunity for success in all areas of your life and this is a great opportunity to get the personalized help you need to set yourself apart. Think about who you want on your personal advisory board, get to asking them, and start making progress toward your goals.
Matt King, Co-founder