There are definitely many benefits to being your own boss, I like that, but there are also a lot of challenges! There is no loneliness factor, at least for a solo preacher. It can be difficult not to talk to anyone, to raise ideas, to ask for their opinion, to be inclined, to celebrate, to empathize with them, and so on.
That’s why being part of the Mastermind Group has become so popular over the years. This concept was first introduced by Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich, where he explained that when two or more minds come together in harmony, the energy generated is accessible to the whole group. And so each person is actually more powerful.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to have more power in their lives and especially for their business?
So what is a mastermind group and how does it work?
Well, the truth is that the label Mastermind has been used to describe the coming together of many different groups and I have seen many different structures. For the sake of simplicity, I am going to describe the “classic” type of mastermind, whether personal or virtual.
A mastermind group is a group of people who agree to meet with a joint mission on a permanent basis. They do not have to be of the same profession, gender, etc. In fact, it is often said that diversity produces better results because of the different perspectives brought to the table.
The group will meet for a fixed period of time, on a regular basis, and arrange meetings in a way that is convenient for all members. A common framework would be to celebrate, set intentions, and seek input or opinion from the group on specific topics.
I have been a member of 2 different mastermind groups, one within a few months and the other over 8 months, their structure is different, but both have been very helpful, kept me on track, and kept such a place Where I can share. Get more ideas in a safe place.
There are 3 main areas that I can honestly say Mastermind Groups have really helped me:
- Encouragement. We share our events in both mastermind groups. The best thing about it is that it keeps me focused on the good things that have happened during the week, the parts of my business that have gone well. The natural tendency as human beings is to pick up on things that have gone “wrong” or we are not happy with them and kill ourselves about them. Part of the Masterminds celebration has been great for me to recognize how much I’ve achieved, and what’s going right. And it doesn’t hurt to hear my masterminds say “great” or “congratulations”, it’s not that I need it because, according to my article last week, I’m addicted to approval because it’s harmful. Be familiar with
- Mutual cooperation.There is no competition in my mastermind groups, everyone wants every member to be successful. There may be times when we challenge each other to step up, or question ideas, etc., but there is always respect, which is often lacking in a normal business environment. Also, a great bonus is that often someone in the group knows only the right person to work with or partner with, or will come up with someone who knows. And a double plus is that each member brings their skills, knowledge, experience, wisdom to the table. We share everything from marketing strategies and technical information to spiritual teachings and relationship tips!
- Accountability. Not everyone’s favorite word, but one thing that is seriously lacking in the solo prener business. I like this quote I saw recently, it’s very suitable for a solo prenuper – “If you haven’t been successful before, deny you’ve ever tried.” Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. It’s very easy for a solo prener to hide outside, and also an easy way to get stuck. I want to see accountability as an effective way to stay on track, move forward, and engage with my business which means I am committed to helping my ideal clients who desperately need my services! If I don’t move forward, they can’t.