Get a solid mentor network in your pre-sentencing phase
We recommend that clients develop a mentor network during the pre-sentencing phase. You should communicate with your mentors regularly, ideally weekly, over the phone or in person.
Here Are 3 Reasons We Want Our Clients To Develop A Mentor Network Before Sentencing:
1. Your thinking and behavior are largely impacted by the people with whom you spend the most time. A 2014 study, published in Journal of Consumer Research, showed a greater likelihood to resist temptation when in the company of a friend. The key is surrounding yourself with friends who inspire you to do better.
2. We aspire to grow when we’re around people who’ve accomplished what we want to achieve. If you have specific goals or dreams, find people who have attained those things and be in their presence often. Sooner or later, you pick up on the habits and actions of winners.
3. The judge needs to see proof that something has changed. Often, someone who becomes a federal defendant either did not have many positive people in his or her circle or did not communicate with those people when they should have. If the judge sees that you’ve sought out positive mentors and communicate with them regularly, it demonstrates a necessary shift. If you want the judge to believe you will get a new result in the future, show that you’re doing something different to obtain that result.
If You’re Unsure Where To Find Good Mentors, Here Are Some Suggestions:
- Church elder
- Family member you look up to
- Work manager
- High-ranking members of local professional clubs
- AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
- NA (Narcotics Anonymous)
- Life Coach
- Business Coach
- Non-profit manager
You can also use me as one of your mentors, or Jenny, our client Life Coach.
Mentor Interaction Tracking:
Our clients can use a Mentor Tracking Form created specifically to record your mentor meetings. Our form also provides a space for clients to keep a record of the lessons or advice they take away from each mentor interaction. This information can be presented to the defendant’s attorney, or it can be worked into the Personal Narrative. The sooner in the process you begin mentor tracking, the better.
Seize The Moment…
Remember, the pre-sentencing phase is a window of opportunity to position yourself for the best possible outcome in your federal case. Do not waste this chance to positively impact your outcome. Take action now to help avoid sitting in a cell wondering what could have been if you’d done more to help yourself before going to prison.
If you’d like to learn more about developing your mentor network and other recommended pre-sentencing preparation, give me a call at 866-208-8997.