This time around I wanted to attempt two things with my blog, firstly to talk about the subject of mentoring and how mentors can help with our training. Secondly, I wanted to give props and thanks to my coach, mate and the guy who has mentored my transition to coaching. AKA Coach Ozzie.
So what is mentoring? Well the dictionary definition is the following:
The English dictionary defines “Mentoring” as the following:
1. An experienced and trusted adviser
2. An experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students
Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague)
So that’s what google offered on the subject and for the most part I agree with the above, though I do think that it is it not limited to a work environment and that age doesn’t often go hand in hand with experience.
I feel the term “experienced and trusted adviser” best sums up a mentor, they’re someone that can help navigate obstacles, provide sound council to issues we face and challenge us to get the best from ourselves.
I have been fortunate to have had some awesome mentors in my working life, people who gave me objective views, who called me on my bullshit and helped me develop ideas.
So as you can probably tell by now, I think mentors are a great idea! I mean chances are you have a mate you offload troubles too and seek advice from, all I am suggesting is we can look to our peers at the box to mentor us in our training as well. Obviously your coach will fill a role here, it’s part of our job, but we have a box full of people that can offer support and insight.
So perhaps look around you next time you are in class, or out with the CrossFit crew who best embodies the term “experienced and trusted adviser”, these are the people along with your coach can really help you reach your potential.
Finally I would like to say a bit of personal thank you to Coach Ozzie, I know it screams cheesy CrossFit cliché but Ozzie has really guided me as a coach and helped me make quite a big change in my life. Oz has I am sure had an impact on many of us at the box, being a friend, coach and mentor. He has set high standards for my coaching and lead from the front with the best practices that I will always try and live up to, a good dude who has supported me and taught me a lot!
So to my coach, dance off partner and spikeball team mate I wish you all the best in your next endeavour, thanks for everything dude!