I am currently a member of two Mastermind Groups. For those of you that don’t know what a mastermind group is, let me give a brief explanation. The concept of Mastermind ing has been around for centuries. However, most people first heard of MM through the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
Mastermind minds are formed so that like minded people, and by that I mean people that are open, honest, insightful, curious, seek to self-improve and reflect, and want to make a difference in their lives and the lives or others, gather. In my case I have a group that I meet with via SKYPE every other week. This is a global group which adds that dimension of cultural diversity. The other group is local to my state, but we are a distance away so we are trying the webcam and conference call tactic.
The structure is set up basically the same with each group. The group size is 6 which is perfect to allow each person to address the group and seek input. The sessions last 90 minutes. As we enter the group session we go around and state something that we are grateful for, then each person takes a given amount of time to bring forth a challenge they are having that they would like the group to assist them with. After explaining their challenge those in the group provide either questions to that person to help them gain further insight or offer advise and guidance if they have knowledge in the area identified. The person then ends stating something that they would like the group to hold them accountable for before our next session.
My Mastermind buddies give me energy and help me to release what I know is inside me. They offer the support and challenge to keep me moving forward.
If you are wondering what my accountability is for the next two weeks, let me tell you. I am going to visit family and for me that means turning all my attention to them. However, I have a big proposal that needs to be done by the end of the month as well. Therefore, I ask that they help hold me accountable to doing some work each day on it rather than feeling the pressure when I get back.
Mastermind… what a great thing!