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It turns out, two heads ARE better than one. Today’s article is by Anita Narayan. It’s called
Masterminding For Success
Masterminding for success is a highly skilled process which when applied can bring significant momentum towards goal achievement and dream fulfillment.
Most people associate Napoleon Hill for his book Think and Grow Rich, yet it was his book the Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons that provided the context in which I reviewed this concept of masterminding.
Napoleon Hill documented his study and observations of the most successful business people of his time, including one Andrew Carnegie who was became the richest steel mogul of his time.
Andrew Carnegie did not attribute his success to his own personal knowledge though. Rather he put his success down to surrounding himself with those who had the expertise he required to become successful.
The other part of that was his capacity to facilitate harmony and cooperation between those people toward an end goal.
It was this process that led to the concept of the mastermind as we have come to know it, and there are mastermind groups set up all over the world to this end. The principles of success embedded within masterminding are simple, yet profound, and not always easy to apply.
If we take a look at the importance of surrounding yourself with the right expertise for example, who would you choose? Do you choose the best person in your industry and try to engage and access their expertise, as part of your goal planning?
Or do you dilute that process down and choose from your current resources and reality? There is a difference between asking what you can afford to do versus who the best people are to help you achieve your goals and dreams.
Most people look at their dreams and inform them from their current reality rather than look at the ideal reality and work back from that to ask how they can create that path. Depending on which approach you take it can be the difference between stifled creativity and poor momentum and achieving your dream with velocity.
Sometimes we end up choosing the wrong people to work with, or settle for second best with average to dire consequences. So dare to reflect on who the best in your industry would whose expertise you can hugely benefit you, whether as a mentor or consultant or both.
This is a process that may take time as you get to know that person, but an essential process nevertheless, if you value your success.
The other side of Andrew Carnegie’s success was down to his ability to foster cooperation, value and harmony in the way they worked together.
So how well do you build rapport, establish, create and demonstrate value in relationships? Never be afraid to take stock of these things and answer yourself honestly because your capacity reflect with accuracy may be the difference between upgrading the quality of your life and business or not.
I had the privilege of observing the mastermind process when I attended a mastermind group recently. Whilst each group has its own culture I noticed several principles which I consider to be important to all.
First of all masterminding has an intensity of focus to it which is not for the faint hearted. I witnessed tough questions, tears and awakening in this group, and received one myself by default.
The facilitator has to be prepared to ask tough questions that may be confrontative in nature, in order to facilitate growth and breakthrough.
In other words they have to care enough about that person’s success even if it means observing and reflecting back things the other person does not want to hear.
By the same token, the person whose business or personal goals are under scrutiny has to be prepared to be vulnerable, open, honest, responsible and accountable. They must be teachable and coachable.
When done in the right manner and with the right attitude all round the process of masterminding is a powerful process that can serve as a catalyst and fuel momentum towards success more quickly than would otherwise be achieved in isolation.
It’s somewhat ironic that it is called masterminding because the process is not just about the mind, but about the heart and spirit of a person. Masterminding is all about total inner engagement when looking at expertise and the relationships involved.
As long as the concept of value is kept at the heart of all you do masterminding is a powerful collaborative process that should be a key component of your goal and dream planning.
About this Author
Anita Narayan is highly endorsed coach, speaker and author. She is soon to release her new book Breaking Free From The Prison Of Survival http://www.mypersonalbestcoaching.com