• GrothRegardless of the time of year it’s important to assess or reassess your business goals and objective. With that in mind,  I have three questions for you…

    • Are you where you hoped you’d be in your life and business at this point?
    • Do you have clear intentions about what you’d like to achieve in your business and your life?
    • Who is going to hold you accountable?

    I’ve been pondering planning A LOT lately. One of the concepts I teach in my POWER Planning Process is the idea of pliability. Pliability is important when creating your plan because it allows for course correction, challenging the norm and doing things differently.

    As you grow in your personal life and in your business focus, there needs to be room for pliability. There also need to be room for change, course correction and considering who we are truly meant to serve.

    I’ve seen an interesting trend happening with the, smart, savvy and sophisticated clients I play with. More and more women (and men, too — we don’t want to exclude you) are coming my way looking for a deeper connection and there is a common thread… Perhaps you can relate?

    1. You’ve outgrown your mentor (Could be spiritually, emotionally or you simply have received all that you can receive from that particular teacher…Perhaps you’re receiving the same ole, same ole, regurgitated cookie cutter advice that doesn’t fit YOUR mold? )
    2. You’re now peers or have collaborated on BIG projects with your mentor (This means the playing field has leveled and you may now be wondering “what’s next?” AND “Who will hold my feet to the fire?”)
    3. Your mentor has become your client (When you realize your full potential, your gifts are illuminated brightly and your mentor invests in you it can cause some internal dances that require new perspective and a new sounding board).

    Here’s the thing with any coaching, consulting or mentoring agreement, they should be collaborative and that isn’t always the case. AND, they sometimes start out with a hierarchy — perceived or imagined– when this is the dynamic and it shifts, it causes some growing pains.

    My point is it may be time to consider a new collaborative approach to achieving your BIG VISION for the New Year (this may be true any time of the year).

    I offer a powerful process to my preferred clients. It’s called the Content Strategy Plan aka Manyon Marketing Roadmap (the cool thing about this is that it’s YOURS, based on what you want to accomplish).

    I reserve room on my schedule each month to help new clients get your BIG VISION plan in place for the NEW YEAR (or course correct wherever you are). If this sounds good to YOU, I’m not going to sugar coat it. It will take some time and energy and a real commitment on your part.

    Your first step is to join the Write On Creative Community here . (After you get your welcome letter, send me an email telling me WHY you think this is right for you and we’ll have a quick conversation to make sure it is).

    Here’s the link to the overview of the Content Strategy Plan process  (Remember there are only a few spots open to Write On Creative Community members and preferred clients do get priority enrollment. This is typically only available to people I’ve already worked with — hence the application process).

    Here’s a blog post about why this process is helpful – The Purpose of Your Copywriting Action Plan and Why You Need a Content Strategy Plan

    Radio Interview ResourceAND, here is a great resource regardless of what you decide to do. Listen to this BlogTalkRadio interview to discover How to Create a Solid Marketing Plan for Success.  

    Happy planning! What’s your BIGGEST goal for the New Year? Who will hold you accountable?

    Leave your comments here. I’m curious to hear what’s next for you?


    Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect" a content and copywriting strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the NEW marketing model for success (as seen in Inc. Magazine) that's changing the way people market today. She specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results via Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, website copy packages and content strategies to effectively market your business. She offers a free Copywriting Action Plan and marketing resources on her award winning blog. Her consulting and coaching is known to help produce million dollar results www.writeoncreative.com/blog


    10 responses to “Have YOU Outgrown Your Mentor?”

    1. Thanks Lisa this is excellent food for thought as one who is often the mentor in the relationship. It is absolutely heart warming to see my “mentees” move on to great success after my interns graduate college. I’ve also been very fortunate to have several great mentors in my life. They are hugely important and I think they do come in and out of our lives at different times as we need them.

    2. Sue Painter says:

      It’s never been that my own coaches and mentors have NOT become my clients at some point. I think it is the nature of the relationship to change over time. Which is why I also believe in having a wide base of folks I can work with as my mentors or coaches. Good points!

    3. This resonates with me: There also needs to be room for change, course correction….

    4. Mitch Tublin says:

      Glad to see the approach you are taking is working so well for you and your clients!

    5. Great points to consider when thinking about choosing the right mentor, Lisa.

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