My mastermind partners and I are meeting today for lunch. As I sit here inscribing the book I bought for them, I reflect on the immense value of having this kind of support. This is the fourth time in my life where I have been part of a mastermind group. The support, encouragement, and insight have been priceless in each and every instant.
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, defined a mastermind as a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” A mastermind can be as simple as two friends setting the intention of losing weight together and talking daily or weekly to support each other in that intention. It can also be as large as a group of scientists gathered together to reach one goal such as solving the problem of world hunger.
There are the tangible benefits of having a supportive mastermind such as:
- A broad base of knowledge and perspectives from which you can draw.
- Resources and connections to help you accomplish your goals.
- Accountability and support to help you to move forward even when things get tough.
But what I valued most with this group was our ability to hold the faith and vision for each other of what we were each truly capable of. This world is full of people who will gladly find fault and commiserate on how difficult things are. Napoleon Hill also said, “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” You see, we can intentionally create a third mind or mastermind by setting up a group of people that supports us in becoming who we are capable of becoming, or we set up a group by default that agrees with our limitations.
I recently shot a TV show in the TED talk format. I had one take, and it had to be timed to 15 minutes. I remember standing there nervously, and the host said to look at the camera and picture the audience on the other side of that lens. In that moment, I pictured my two mastermind partners and immediately went into a state where the talk came easily and effortlessly. I knew they believed in me and that I could knock it out of the park. That is the kind of support I am talking about.
How different would your life be if you had that kind of support? As you evolve and your goals change, you may even change mastermind groups. If you set up the ground rules for the mastermind and be true to the intention of the group, the bonds you form will be lifelong and the results life changing. Each group has its own energy. When you decide to put a group together, be sure you are clear on your intention – what it is you really want and what support you need.
Author: Debra Kahnen, RN, ND, is the CEO of Life Mastery LLC. With over three decades of healthcare experience—as both a nursing leader in the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas and as a naturopath focusing on wellness—her view is radically different. Debra is a renowned expert in stress management and wellness. She helps people improve their health and emotional well-being and experience more peace, joy, and personal satisfaction. Get a free special short video eCourse on Secrets to a Stress-Free Life.