Sometimes it takes a simple piece of information to make the whole picture look completely different. I have always felt I had a certain degree of self awareness, but have never really had confidence in the written work I produced, but didn’t know exactly why. Despite having a masters degree, I never thought I got the point I was trying to make, across with clarity. My mentor reflected back to me what the basic problem was, and it was incredibly simple! I just brain dumped onto the paper and expected others to be able to follow the idea in the same way as it came out of my head. She was right, that was exactly what I did. In fact I had been consciously doing this to make sure I got everything down. I just never sorted it out once it was down on the page!
A simple piece of advice was despatched … think ’beginning, middle, and end’ and hey presto, this has made a huge amount of difference to my written work. My eureka moment came when a colleague said to me that ‘yes it made sense straight away’, when I sent them a document I had then written outlining a long process. This light bulb moment would never have happened (or it would have taken me years to work it out) if again, I didn’t have that insightful mirror reflecting back to me what the issue was. If nothing else, mentorship has helped me to crack a difficult and long-standing nut I have carried around for years, and I will always be grateful ……..