Mentoring vs Coaching

Zig Ziglar quote

The words โ€œcoachingโ€ and โ€œmentoringโ€ are often treated as if theyโ€™re interchangeable. However, theyโ€™re not. One of the biggest differences is that mentors are relationship oriented, representing a safe space to raise and discuss issues. Coaches, on the other hand, help tackle a specific issue, such as managing more effectively or thinking more strategically.

In the beginning of my career, I was constantly searching for a mentor. Someone who could teach me how to navigate the organizational environment. However, I have come to realize that while a mentor may provide valuable insights to a specific situation at work, they do not help me understand myself better.

Through coaching, on the other hand, I have been presented with valuable tools and confronted with thought-provoking questions, which have matured my mind and understanding of myself greatly. If I may say so myself, at least!

I plan to share some of these tools on this blog – So stay tuned!

Maximize Your Mornings

I was introduced to the concept of “Hour of Power” byย Remente, which is an amazing goal setting app for personal and organizational development.ย I initially signed up for one of the app’s pre-made goals to maximize my morning routines. This basically involved obvious things, such as getting up early, making my bed, wearing clothes picked out the day before…

However, it also included having one Hour of Power each morning before arriving at work, where you focus on whatever makes you feel good, or work on developing a new skill or something else of your choosing. Althoughย I guessย it is preferred to arrive in the office as early as possible (…), taking that extra hour to yourself is highly recommended from a mindfulness and personal development point of view, according to Remente (and me).

As mentioned, it is completely up to you what your Hour of Power involves. However, if you need some inspiration getting started, here are some examples:

  • Meditation or yoga
  • Reading a book
  • Working out
  • Having breakfast with a friend
  • Practicing a hobby
  • Reading the actual news articles (not just scrolling headlines…)
  • Blogging…

bedroom inspiration

I personally also find that the Hour of Power makes me wake up earlier, because I have something to look forward to, instead of morning stress and a quick breakfast on the way to work.

P.S. It is totally allowed to have more than oneย Hour of Power in a day!

SuperSoul

If you ever find yourself having an hour to kill, I highly recommend Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcasts.

SuperSoul Conversations

Personally, I like listening to them on my way to work in the morning, because the conversations fill me with positive energy, I can utilize throughout the day. Plus Oprah’s voice has a soothing effect on me…

If you get hungry for more, the SuperSoul instagram account is full of inspiring quotes, which serves as an interesting contrast to all the memes and exotic breakfast bowl pictures…

Happy listening!