Find Your Mastermind
Today we are going to talk about how to find your mastermind and what is a mastermind.
We’re starting to hear that we might be able to slowly reopen the economy soon. Fingers crossed, right? Some of the pressures of this sheltering in place might be lifted. People will get to go back to work. Businesses will be reopening. Kids might even be able to go back to school in some places. I’m guessing a lot of you are praying for that.
I think we all agree after this, our teachers need to make more money. But, even though there is light at the end of the tunnel, this is NOT the time to ease up on strengthening your mindset! We’ve still got challenges to face.
We need to be more self-aware of our mindset now more than ever.
Most experts agree that we won’t be totally going back to business or life as usual. Certainly not right away and maybe not ever. So, we need to stay resilient and creative with a positive attitude. There’s one group of people who can help you with that: Your Mastermind group.
I have a lot of people who have helped me along the way, like mentors, teachers, and coaches. But I’d say that my Mastermind group has had the biggest impact on my success, especially when I was starting up my coaching business.
For those of you who don’t know what a Mastermind group is, Napoleon Hill talked about it in his books The Law of Success and Think and Grow Rich back in the 1930s. He said that a Mastermind is two or more people who come together “in harmony” to solve problems.
It was one of the laws of success Hill discovered when he interviewed successful people like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, and John D. Rockefeller. It’s like a brain trust where like-minded people help one another succeed.
Mastermind groups are often about business and career. But some have a different focus. Some emphasize spiritual or personal growth. Some come together around specific issues like wildlife preservation.
You all give and receive.
When you have a coach or mentor, that person gives you advice, feedback, and guidance. In a Mastermind group, you not only get those things from the group, but you give those things to the other people in the group.
To be a good Mastermind member you can’t just take advice and feedback. And you can’t just give advice and feedback. It’s a two-way street and everyone in the group participates. You all give and receive.
When you have a coach or mentor, that person gives you advice, feedback, and guidance. In a Mastermind group, you not only get those things from the group, but you give those things to the other people in the group. To be a good Master Mind member you can’t just take advice and feedback. And you can’t just give advice and feedback. It’s a two-way street and everyone in the group participates.
Your Mastermind partners are focused in the same area and headed in the same direction. Say, your Master Mind is about family and raising children. You may not have the exact same goals for your kids but your general philosophy about raising them is compatible with others in the group.
In a business Master Mind, you will probably be in different types of business, but you’ll all share similar philosophies about business and where you’re heading.
Everyone in a Mastermind sincerely wants success for the others as well as for themselves. Your Mastermind partners will all have different definitions of what success looks like and different goals. But it’s important that everyone in the group supports each other’s goals and does not impose their own ideas of success on others.
A Mastermind group is a really safe place. In Mastermind groups, there has to be a strong level of trust so that people can be honest about whatever they’re facing. Members have to trust that other members have their best interests at heart, even if the feedback they’re giving is tough to take.
Mastermind groups are committed to one another and to their own goals. They take the Mastermind group seriously and do their best to support one another. They’ll share connections and resources. When given advice, they’ll implement it.
When giving advice, they really focus and come up with the best ideas they can for others in the group. Mastermind meetings typically have rules and structure so they can be as productive as possible. People in the group are expected to be accountable for what they say they’re going to do.
So how do you form a Mastermind group? You can find a lot of advice about this online. You can create a Mastermind group with co-workers, family, or friends but it’s tricky. People in your circle often have hidden agendas or a vested interest in you so they can’t see clearly or give really objective advice.
And you can run into “power issues” like when the younger sister tries to give advice to an older brother. It’s usually better to choose people that you aren’t really close to, and certainly not people who are competitors.
I encourage you to think about finding or creating a Mastermind group, your very own brain trust, to help you achieve your goals.
So get out there and find your mastermind!
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