How do we gain access to other minds that push us to think deeper, and who give us relevant, useful insight? How do we put ourselves around people who push us to go deeper? Michael expands on a key concept from previous episodes – putting yourself in the right rooms to intentionally create the space for growth – through exploring the idea of mastermind groups.
Don’t rely on your inner circle.
We care deeply about our family and friends, but the fact is, they can’t always give us the feedback we need, in the context we need it. So how do we find the people we need to be in the room with to push ourselves to go deeper?
What people can generate together is much more than the sum of what they can generate individually. When you bring a group of people together with the intent of focusing on helping each other achieve more success in their lives, a collective mastermind emerges. These are the magical moments we’re looking for, and you need to work intentionally to create them. Creating groups of people who come together and help each other become better requires an investment. It’s important to remember that the investment in time and resources is worth it to grow you and your business.
Put together a weekly mastermind group.
Put together a group of inspiring individuals who meet once a week, whether it’s in person or over Zoom or Skype. Push each other to grow, and share what works for you. When you create a live event where people meet face-to-face, you dramatically change the interaction in the group, so try to have an in-person meeting at least once a year. Or find a group that already exists that speaks to your goals, interests, and needs.
Attend a mastermind retreat.
A mastermind retreat has 12 – 15 selected people who go to another place, which is not where they normally do work. This allows us to go deeper into how we want to do our work, and where we want to go with it. Mastermind retreats can be structured around someone’s particular expertise or knowledge, or everyone can brainstorm and share ideas together. Are there retreats that you can make the investment to attend? Do your research to make sure you’re putting yourself into contexts with the people who can help you.
There are the official parts of the events that you attend, and then there are the conversations that you have in the whitespace. Going to a conference is about so much more than attending a lecture – it’s about making connections with the individuals around you, and making those connections last.
Find a way to get into the right rooms, with the right people. You could be the local or regional organizer who brings a group of people together to help one another grow. Or you could look into mastermind programs and mastermind groups that already exist, and decide which one is right for your needs and goals. Do what you need to do to put yourself in the right rooms, and take your business to the next level.
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