It’s not easy to find someone who can reliably enable your greatness to soar.
An intriguing common factor in the history of virtually all visionary leaders is the wisdom they gleaned from a trusted mentor at some crucial point in their personal evolution. It’s not all that difficult to choose a dedicated coach who can help you start a business or develop an athletic physique. However, enabling you to focus your talents into ultimately leading a revolution in thought on a global scale is an altogether more demanding prospect.
Learning from someone who not only identifies with your dreams but also the problems you face can enable you to think of your roadblocks as challenges to be conquered. This can help you engender the habit of seeing eventual triumph as being implicit in every problem you face on your journey to becoming the change-maker you are destined to be. Here are five defining qualities to look for in a person who can help you unlock your potential as a revolutionary leader.
1. Your ideal mentor will immediately get you.
When you find the right mentor, you will notice an immediate and natural rapport. They will innately identify with your desire to make a difference — they have been there themselves and personally know what it feels like. They understand that sometimes your vision is clear, but sometimes it is a gnawing feeling within you that doesn’t provide you with any practical clues of what it is, let alone what steps you must take to resolve it.
They understand your belief that you serve the world best by knowing and serving your own deepest purpose. They know that within you there is a call to serve something much greater than yourself, to improve the lives of others in some way. They are aware that your drive to discover and live this purpose in the world is what underpins your calling to lead yourself and others. They realize that by helping you access your deepest knowledge and uniqueness, they can enable you to play a meaningful role in the evolution of humanity.
2. They will understand and respect your dedication to self-development.
Another hallmark of the ideal mentor is the way they will support and share your passion for developing yourself socio-emotionally and cognitively. They understand implicitly that such
self-improvement requires courage and a unique degree of readiness.
They will realize you have already invested considerable efforts towards this aim. And you have done your best. Your shelves are creaking under the weight of books on meditation, integral theory and practice, adaptive leadership and change, and countless other things. But they will also appreciate that while you have an intellectual commitment to all of these topics, you have struggled with incorporating them at a practical level into your daily life, to a genuinely transformative extent.
They will sense your awareness that your own thought processes and emotional reactions are limiting you, and they know you are ready to intentionally remake yourself.
3. They will naturally share your deepest values.
It takes an exceptional mentor to recognize that you your world is organized on the basis of values, rather than goals. They will understand how much you value personal freedom, the space you need to move freely and act for the sake of something bigger than yourself.
They will not have any difficulty reconciling the idea that you value your heart and your mind equally. They will effortlessly perceive that the value you place on cooperating with others stems from your belief that by working together, you can move mountains. They understand that you love learning, and share your conviction that when you tap into your infinite reservoir of knowledge and wisdom, anything is possible.
4. They will understand the implications of having world-sized revolutionary ideas.
An ambitious mindset is common to many coaches and mentors. But very few intrinsically understand what it’s like to have big, bold visionary and revolutionary ideas about the future, the planet, evolution and humanity. Your ideal mentor will not be fazed by your love of developing concepts on a global scale, and you will never have to justify to them why you allocate time to brainstorming and philosophizing about complex problems.
Like you, they will see the world as a complex, self-organizing, natural system that requires a very advanced level of thinking if it is to be understood. They will support your love of looking at a problem from different angles, because that is how their mind works as well.
They will also have the flexibility to adapt with you to variable, fluid conditions, because they share your perception of change as being an intrinsic aspect of life. They will have no trouble balancing the fact you love direction with your aversion to being locked into rigid structures that offer you no space for conceptualizing and long-term thinking.
They will be capable of empowering you to conceive and build an inspiring, over-arching vision that people can connect with, and which will bring genuine benefit to the world.
5. Your ideal mentor will know what you must do to make your visionary idea a reality.
Leading a revolution in thought demands new ways of being, rationalizing and doing, to ensure a lasting and meaningful impact on the increasingly complex, contradictory and entrenched forces dominating our planet. It takes a unique kind of mentor to appreciate the intellectual, interpersonal, and even spiritual depth of maturity that is needed to generate sophisticated and sustainable responses to daunting social, economic and environmental challenges.
They will certainly know you need to learn about and access leading-edge practices and frameworks for personal change. Yet they will also realize you require access to the reins of your own internal development, so that you can break through any limitations your current thinking may be imposing on your progress. Your ideal mentor will be keenly attuned to the notion that the only true enemies of a sustainable future for the planet are the limiting mental models that keep humanity from deeply understanding and effectively bringing their wisest visions to the world.