Sunday, February 24

Core Desired Feelings

During one of our first sessions together we talked about how we want to feel. Danielle LaPorte walks you further through the process in Fire Starter Session Three. Today I'd like to revisit those core desired feelings---I LOVE seeing the many fantastic words being used to describe feelings our group aspires to.

Here are several highlights:
  • Fearless
  • Strong
  • Genuine
  • Beautiful
  • Charged
  • Content
  • Imaginative
  • Inspired
  • Confident
  • Valuable
  • Engaged
  • Focused
So we ask ourselves---what do I need to do, have and experience in order to feel---X?

What do I need to do, have and experience to feel X---on a daily basis?
What do I need to do, have and experience to feel X---on a weekly basis?
What do I need to do, have and experience to feel X---on a monthly basis?

The goal is implement small actions in order to make our desired feelings a reality for ourselves as much as possible.

Check out this link---McNair Core Desired Feelings---to see what our group strives for each day.

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In the McNair experience, mentors are front and central.  They are an integral part of the experience because they provide expertise, offer support and encouragement, and many times, open doors of opportunity that might seem impossible today.  It’s not to say that the mentor relationship can “make or break you” – but having a good one can make all the difference.

A good mentor will:
  • Teach you how to do research in your field
  • Expand your knowledge of the field
  • Teach you how to ask questions – good questions!
  • Model what it’s like to be a professional in the field
  • Lend their expertise, wisdom and insights
  • Share their experiences and relate them to your own
  • Challenge and support you at the same time
  • Give you constructive feedback and encourage you to do more
  • Connect you with colleagues and other professionals to help you network
  • Help you figure out your path
  • Help you make good choices about your education and work opportunities
  • Call you out when you’re not holding up “your end of the deal”
So, how do you set out to have the best possible mentor relationship?  Well, you try your hardest to be true to yourself, you put forward your energy and enthusiasm, you be respectful and then you let go.  No one has the power to control others.  All you can do is put yourself out there in an honest way and hope that your mentor will be a good fit for you.  And if it’s not?  You move along and find yourself the next mentor who WILL be a great fit for you!

Holding up your end of the deal:
  • Connect with your mentor regularly and in person
  • Come prepared with a list of 2-3 major items you would like to discuss
  • Come prepared with your “homework” or “to do list” completed from your last mentor meeting
  • Be honest with your mentor if you are not quite understanding a research task or how it fits within the bigger picture of your project
  • It’s useful to step back and review the “big picture” from time to time to make sure it’s fresh in your mind
  • Focus on your work together and not personal problems and issues---it’s good to get your know mentor on a personal level (this tends to happen naturally, over a period of time)---but keep the focus of your conversations on your research
  • If something isn’t working for you or you can’t make a scheduled meeting, just be honest and get in touch with your mentor well beforehand to discuss
  • Make sure you know how your mentor likes to be contacted---mostly through email, have they offered you their cell phone number, do they text?  In general, you should only call/text (if that’s okay with them) during “normal business hours” and not super early in the morning or super late at night!  You can always send an email.
  • Go above and beyond.  Let your mentor see your passion by not just doing exactly what they say---take their guidance as a starting point and then run with it---this is truly the basis of a burgeoning researcher at heart!
  • Most important: have fun, work hard and enjoy the process…