Mastermind groups have been around for centuries. Many people attribute the popularity of the mastermind to Napoleon Hill’s classic book Think and Grow Rich. Hill studied the richest men of the early 1900’s, and wrote the book as part of his research. One of the common practices of those wealthy men was that they all took part in a mastermind, helping each other solve problems and move forward in their goals.
These days, women, creatives, and right-brain entrepreneurs types are designing new models of the mastermind and the results are even more powerful and holistic than the mastermind of the early 20th century. As someone who is self-employed, a blogger, an entrepreneur, and often alone – I’m a huge fan of this model because it connects me with like-minded people.
But what exactly is a mastermind? And how do you know if it’s for you?
A Mastermind moves you forward.
A mastermind is about moving you forward and helping you achieve a dream or goal. Even if the goal is simply “an authentic happy life”. To sustain forward movement, all members have to hold that level of energy, and set an intention to keep that momentum! That is not always an easy task.
A Mastermind group is about positive mindsets.
In a mastermind, each person gets an allotted amount of time to present his/her vision to the group. The person presents their current goals, dreams, and of course, challenges. They might shed some tears, as this is a natural expression of energy release. Mindsets are a huge part of the mastermind.
A Mastermind group is not about making sure you’re comfortable.
When you join a mastermind group, you know it’s not going to be about hanging out in your comfort zone. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons people want to take part in a mastermind. They know that success rarely comes from inside their comfort zones. Masterminds are effective because they require you to explain beyond your old limits.
A Mastermind group holds you accountable.
Group energy is powerful. The group is a “team”. Team spirit is contagious. And there’s wisdom in accountability!
A Mastermind generates ideas and resources.
When a circle of people gives their full attention to one person and their dreams, all kinds ideas are generated. Resources and connections are often discovered in the process. This is a huge benefit to taking part in any group.
There is a mystical quality to the Mastermind.
If I neglected to mention the mystical, I would be hiding a major element of the mastermind. Napoleon Hill put it this way: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”
In other words, the intention of the group creates a higher intelligence that is guiding the group and moving it forward. The awareness of this “third” mind helps me trust that even when things get uncomfortable or scary for me or one of the participants – there is something bigger happening.