There's great power in groups. On your journey to abundance, the energy, support, companionship and accountability found in a well-organized Mastermind group can propel you toward your goals like nothing else.
The concept of Mastermind groups comes from the work of Napoleon Hill, one of the 20th century's original pioneers in the area of self-development and personal success. Today, these groups are common, but not all are particularly effective. There are important things to remember if you want your group to be truly successful.
First, choose members carefully. This is essential. In addition to the need for every member to be committed to the group, which we will discuss next, there has to be the right chemistry. At a certain level, this may be hard to define, but basically, every member needs to be absolutely dedicated to both their own and their partners success. Personal qualities that make for good Mastermind group members include optimism, energy, self-confidence, a supportive nature, and the ability to work with a team. And a sense of humor! After all, this is supposed to be fun.
Second, be committed. . . and insist that others are committed too. The road to success will inevitably have its ups and downs. You should be prepared for this and so should every member of the group. Achieving personal goals may take time, and members may occasionally become discouraged. This is when commitment provides the bridge over trouble waters, keeping every one together and moving forward. Commitment also protects the well being of the group. It is very disruptive when members fail to attend or drop out. So, make the commitment real. Have a written agreement. Dedicate time in the beginning of the group to discuss what commitment means and how it applies in this context. Finally, let others such as friends and family know that your Mastermind group is an important priority for you. Ask them to respect your commitment to your group by not scheduling conflicting activities.
Third, be very clear about the mission and goals of the group. A Mastermind group will always work better if members enjoy each other´s company, but everyone should be very clear about what they're doing. This is not a social club. At its heart, the work of your Mastermind group is serious and important. You have formed your group with the express purpose of achieving success: forming and maintaining the quality of thinking success requires, taking effective action to achieve your goals, keeping yourself and others on track and moving forward, and keeping the faith. Your mission should be written down and familiar to all members, who see clearly how their own personal objective both support and are supported by the mission statement of the group.
Fourth, use your time wisely. We are all busy people. Remember and respect that. Find a way to schedule meetings that does not impose unwanted burdens. If members feel stressed about time they will not contribute in the whole-hearted nature this kind of group requires. They may even drop out. My preference is always for groups that meet in person. I don't believe that a “virtual" group that meets online can be as effective. But use the technology to support what you are already doing, and manage your group's time.
Fifth, keep each other accountable. ´Perhaps the greatest asset of a Mastermind group is the structure of accountability it provides. If you state publicly to your partners that you are going to accomplish a certain goal by the time the group next meets, you are far more likely to keep that commitment. Celebrate successes, always. But when members DON'T do what they said they would do, this it where the community really gets down to work. Help each other understand how breakdowns occur. Ask about motivation, self-talk, time management. Keep the inquiry going until you really understand what happened. Then make new commitments that will not fail. A Mastermind group should never make members feel bad, but it should keep them honest!
Finally, remember, the only real limits to achieving the life you dream of are the limits you impose. Usually, those limits come from inner conflicts, worried, anxious, threatened voices within ourselves. A Mastermind group gives you a new voices to listen to. The voices of friends and colleagues who want to see you at the top.
My name is John Lord. I am a teacher and a personal coach based in New York city and Puebla, Mexico. My personal mission is to help individuals who at mid-life are looking for proven ways to achieve personal transformation and success.
You can find out more about me and the work we are doing at: http://anotherolddog.blogspot.com