How a shift in attitude can transform your Mastermind and other meetings
A Mastermind is considered to be a think-tank and meet-up of entrepreneurs to help each other achieve their amazing vision. It has become a very fashionable word and everyone wants in on the action. It is also why the definition has been stretched to the point where I have seen a 20,000 member Facebook group referred to as a mastermind.
In essence the “Master Mind” is the Group Mind that is formed whenever two or more people come together for a specific purpose. It is in effect the highest common denominator between all parties involved. If that is based in anger it turns into a mob. If it is based in love, it becomes a rewarding supportive relationship. The group mind is made up of the attitude, intention and quality that every person brings to a gathering which results in an uplifting experience or one you wish to avoid.
A Mastermind does not have to belong solely in the domain of the entrepreneur. Connecting with other like-minded people can help you achieve any goal you wish to achieve, whether it is losing weight, running a marathon or succeeding in your chosen career.
What makes a Mastermind so significant and special is the attitude that each member brings to the meeting. Napoleon Hill touched on this in his definition of a Mastermind in his book written in 1937 ‘Think and Grow Rich’ as
‘the coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose’.
In an average meeting, when say, four people get together, it is often considered ‘fair’ for each person to bring a 25% commitment level to the meeting. I don’t need to explain what the quality of such a meeting looks like, except that they don’t work well. It is the reason why in today’s world a meeting requires a leader for it to be productive.
A Mastermind however is often referred to as a leaderless group. In order to ensure a highly functioning meeting based on ‘a spirit of harmony’ I have found one way to achieve this.
Every Mastermind participant takes 100% responsibility for the success of their Mastermind.
Responsibility is our “ability to respond”. It means that we respond to whatever is in front of us from a space of awareness, freedom and full presence rather than from a place of reaction based on old belief systems.
What actually happens when every participant takes 100% responsibility for the success of their Mastermind?
- Every member brings their best leadership quality to the table.
- The meetings are always fair; no one takes over, no one withholds information and no one is sidelined.
- Every member offers their wisdom and knowledge freely and receives what they need.
- When an issue arises everyone makes sure it is resolved impeccably.
- The meetings start and end at the agreed time.
- There is no power-play nor one-upmanship.
- The focus of the discussion is on solutions rather than problems.
- The members have an inner sense of accountability and don’t need others to hold them accountable.
- When one member is not able to give much at one meeting, the others lift that person up.
- What is said in the meeting stays in the meeting.
- They create a safe space for everyone to be vulnerable and honest so they are able to receive the best help and support possible.
- They celebrate each person’s win – ‘If you win, I win and if I win, you win!’
- Each person feels they have a team backing them.
The “Master Mind” formed with this shift in attitude allows for meetings that bring about new insights, ideas and solutions that propel us towards the outcomes we want to achieve.
Imagine leaving each meeting energized and ready to initiate your next inspired action.
A Mastermind is perhaps an easy example to show up 100%. What if we broadened the scope of this topic?
How would our life and even our world change, if we all decided to take 100% responsibility for the success of every interaction we had?
Yes, every single interaction! What would it look like, if we watched someone on stage speaking? How would we show up differently? Judgement and blame wouldn’t be an option anymore. What if we listened carefully and supported them with our full attention? We would get so much more out of the experience than if we continued to watch passively.
How would our family dynamic change, if we started to take 100% responsibility for successful interactions? I realize this is a tough one, but this small shift in attitude would make a huge difference in our world like no other. We are ALL capable of making this change! No exceptions!
I say, let’s do it!
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