What did you think? Did you benefit from being a part of a group? Did you make some awesome connections? Did you receive some terrific advice?
Okay, for those who are not familiar with what a mastermind group is let me explain real quick before I dive into why you should definitely be a part of one.
Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and/or personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and the group members achieve success.
The group members challenge each other to set important goals. It consists of commitment, confidentiality, willingness to be creative and help with brainstorming of ideas and possible solutions. They support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. This is the essence and value of being part of a mastermind group.
Pretty cool huh!
You Can’t Go It Alone
No matter how hard you try, you cannot build your business alone. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Now mastermind groups aren’t the same thing as purchasing courses to learn a new skill or joining training communities so you’ll have the support of others. The main focus of a mastermind group is the brainstorming and accountability support among the group members.
It’s also not about coaching individuals in a group setting. This is a place where you can get everyone’s feedback, advice and support.
Now although you can share leads and resources with each other, it’s not the main focus of the meetings. The good news about these groups are that through your connections with other members, you may find plenty of joint venture opportunities, lead sharing and professional networking.
The Benefits Of A Mastermind Group
I have had the pleasure of being in four different mastermind groups over the past two years. I’m currently active in three at the moment but I will confess that I do have my favorite (wink, wink).
I have truly benefited from our meetings because this is where you can share ideas and get feedback on things you may need assistance with. They have helped me with brainstorming new possibilities and are holding me accountable so that I can remain focused with staying on the right track.
I have a community of very supportive colleagues who have ideas about things I would have never thought of. They are helping me reach new heights.
The groups can be as large as you want but you also want them small enough so that you can get everything done say within an hour’s time. We all know how precious our time is right.
Having say five or six people who have different strengths is the best way to organize a group. That way what I don’t know, others will and what they don’t know I will.
How To Organize A Group
Our groups meet on Google Hangout once a week. If you are looking for accountability, support and a group to brainstorm with then you should definitely consider organizing your own mastermind group.
Choose a few of your friends or colleagues and just ask them if they would be interested in forming a group with you. Make sure you get enough people with different strengths so that it will benefit the entire group.
Since we are able to connect with people from all over the world you’ll need to keep in mind the different time zones people are on so that may be an issue when forming your own group.
Remember, this is not about teaching each other new skills but helping each other stay accountable for the goals you’ve set for yourself. Or perhaps you need some direction with the next step to take but have exhausted all of your ideas. Maybe some of your colleagues see your strengths in another area they can suggest that you haven’t thought about.
New Heights For The New Year
If you’ve never been in a mastermind group before I highly recommend you start now. If you’ve been in some in the past but aren’t in any right now, take the initiative and start your own.
I know how much it’s benefited me being a part of several different groups and I know that it can take you to new heights this year as well.
So get started today and start thinking about some people you’d love to have in a mastermind group and contact them either view email, Skype, Google Hangout or any of the other social networking sites.
Trust me, if you’re looking to take your business to the next level joining a mastermind group is the direction you need to go.
Looking forward to hearing your comments and how much these groups have benefited you in the past as well. If you’d like to share some of your experiences with me I’d love to hear them.
Please be sure to share this post with your friends too. Hey, it might spark a new idea for them as well. ;-)