Yesterday I had my first phone call as a mentor through the Prince’s Trust E-Mentor volunteering programme. This is a programme to support young people on Princes Trust’s new online platform as they go through enterprise or employment training modules.
Where possible I always like to do a bit to give back to the communities we operate in. In the past I have jumped out of a plane and also stood on top of one to raise funds for local causes.
Giving some time seemed to be the most powerful way for me to give back rather than putting money in a collection tin. Giving times connects you to a cause and like-minded people. Giving time really feels like you may make a difference.
Not only that but I noticed Nigel felt good too. So Why was this?
It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives. Connecting with other people going through different circumstances helps you to see there is a whole world out there bigger than what our inner talk can lead us to believe.
In the day to day grind I can often feel like you are treading water and it is far too easy to lose sight of why we do what we do. Being able to support someone else on their own personal journey is a great feeling. It is not about having all of the answers and changing the world, it is about connecting with others to make their journey a little bit better.
Within a lot of work related relationships we take action to get something back. Whether that is money, business, referrals, connections etc. With volunteering you don’t give to receive, you have no expectations and the warm fuzzy feelings of providing help are enough to give you a reward.
It feels good to feel like you have made a difference. No matter how big or small. Accomplishments are motivational. Volunteering makes you concentrate on that particular task, give us time to reflect on what we have just achieved and give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back.
Looking for a bit of time out, volunteer. A wonderful distraction from the stuff that bogs us down.
I am really looking forward to this journey with my mentee, to be able to support them in their passion. Being an E-mentor is not a one way street, I will learn so much from my mentee. Already after the first call I am motivated by their passion. Their questions make me think about things in a different way.
Nigel feels good too. It is pretty hard for our inner voice to feel negative when you are doing something with no expectations, no strings attached and by choice.
Originally published at www.kateforknell.com