Tell me about your family!
Who are your friends?
Where do you hang out and with whom?
We ask and answer these questions all the time.
They’re questions of connection. And they remind us that our lives are not (and cannot) exist in isolation.
Life is richer together.
Family feels closer when we seek each other out.
Friendships have a deeper meaning when we make time for each other.
The same goes for your business community.
But business relationships are harder to find.
Regularly, I’m impressed by women I meet, counsel, and coach who are remarkable at what they do– they're smart, visionary, accomplished.
It’s as if their business accomplishments have isolated them from others.
And they feel it.
Women business owners need connected relationships, as well.
In fact, I’ve discovered that those who prioritize their business community relationships go further and remain inspired.
From the moment we wake it seems like everyone is vying for our attention. It doesn’t matter if it's for new clothes, a fitness fad, or a cup of coffee, people want you to commit to their brand. With all the noise it can be easy to lose sight of what we really need. Have you ever had that experience when you received something you’ve purchased and thought, “What was I thinking?” It happens to the best of us!
As a growing business leader, keeping focused on what you really need in the midst of all the static is crucial, especially when it comes to developing yourself. You have likely heard that Masterminds are a great way to grow your business by growing yourself.
The key is to ensure you invest in the mastermind you really need.
In my experience, the leaders who choose the best masterminds remember that there are only two factors that really matter. Stick with these and you can’t go wrong:
1. Getting a great facilitator
A top-notch facilitator designs,...
There’s a saying by Motivational Speaker Jim Rohn, that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Let that sink in.
The 5 people.
Now, name their names and consider their qualities.
Perhaps you’re inspired.
Maybe you’re a little concerned!
My point is not to judge your friends but to have you take a second to consider the type of person you are, and the one you want to be.
Sometimes you need new relationships to get you there. Relationships to stretch and support you where you know you need to grow.
These are masterminds.
Think of it as your “group of 5” (or however many are in it!) that is committed to bringing out the best in you (and you, for the others).
So, are you ready? Are you willing?
Women entrepreneurs ask this of themselves and to me all the time.
It’s a great question and so let me quickly tell you what I tell those who want to grow and are curious about...
What is a mastermind?
When you start to learn about the habits of highly successful people, you hear them talk about belonging to a mastermind (or multiple masterminds). The concept of a mastermind has been around a long time. We know that many successful people were in one like Benjamin Franklin, Dale Carnegie, and many well known successful people today, such as Oprah, Lewis Howes, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet to name a few.
Napoleon Hill coined the word Mastermind in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich, by saying it is, “the coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.
Also, they are very different from group coaching where there is a "sage from the stage." In a mastermind group, not just...