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Most Critical Element of a Mastermind
The critical piece of the mastermind group after creating the structure that will work for you and yield results, is that each person be fully “present” on the other person and come away with more than they contributed.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
You are where you are today because of people around you now and in the past. You may not like where you are, or you may be happy where you are. In either case, you are there because of others in your life.
Be grateful for them – they helped make you who you are.
If you’re looking for “magic moments” in your mastermind group, you MUST focus on the context, not the content.
Yes, I know that content is king in other areas, but here, context is king!
It isn’t about the CONTENT; it’s about the CONTEXT, otherwise known as the “structure” of your group.
It’s not just the information and data you bring into your meeting. The key is the structure you create that facilitates creativity that gives birth to fresh solutions.
Imagine this: You attend a meeting with your team, each one bringing their own agenda. It’s assumed that you are all there for the same purpose because there is a written agenda for the meeting itself. But are you sure that everyone is also playing as a team? Does Jim want what you want? Is Maria’s top priority to increase sales for the company or to just keep her job? Are you there to support your team members or to simply air your case? Continue reading →
How do you keep a mastermind group going? How do you keep a mastermind group motivated?
I get these questions in one form or another on a REGULAR basis.
Remember this: In a mastermind group, performance is accelerated to the degree you get real with yourself and your mastermind group members.
If you want it, ask for it. Don’t compromise. Don’t small down because you think your mastermind group members will hate you for being honest.
In my research, the primary reason mastermind groups fall apart are a “lack of keeping it real” and in my book that means not asking for what you want.
I had this mentor once that was fond of saying, “You gotta get real to get rich.” Now that motto applies to pretty much whatever you want to apply it to. In this case motivation in your group. Continue reading →
I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of the paper business card. And did you know the paper business card is over 400 Years old?
Relationships are everything. I thrive on a juicy, connected, authentic conversation with an individual doing what they can to add something to this world.
And like the next guy, I abhor the superficial leisure-larry at the event that believes he’s networking by collecting as many business cards as he can and making sure he distributes as many of his as possible. Because, ya know “it’s a numbers game, right?”. BAH! That’s an opening for another post, at another time.
Sure, if we connected at an event (you know “clicked”), I want your contact information but now I have to scan the paper business card in, type it in or get an assistant to input the data. Continue reading →
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. — via Kat Alessi's friend.
I recently heard this great song and saw this great video called “Give Love”.
It immediately warmed my heart and renewed my inspiration to spread some love. I can’t think of a time when showing some love is more appropriate. It refuels my loyalty to masterminding because it really cuts to the core of what defines a great mastermind group versus the same old tired group meeting that calls itself a “mastermind group”.
Have a listen. Be with the words and share what it inspires in you.
With all the hurt going on around me, I’m still infinitely grateful for the blessings I have. In this moments, it reminds me to show some love; give some love….whatever I define that to be to whomever I’m inspired to give some love.
And yes this IS personal!
And yes, this IS business!
Is it giving: A client, a job, a hug, kind words, dinner out, a check, a gentle touch, a thank you, please, I love you, I appreciate you, the world is a better place with you….whatever it is, it’s perfect.