The Mastermind Group - Principle # 9
Lyndia Grant | 9/22/2010, 2:53 p.m.
The Mastermind principle, teaches how successful people select individuals who have achieved the object of their desire as someone to emulate, seek advice and to glean knowledge. Wherever two or more minds come together, a higher mind is created; greater than your own. This mind may be harmonious, in which case it can truly be called a Master Mind.
In any great endeavor you wish to succeed in, it is beneficial to 'hook-up' with others of like-mind and purpose. The pooling of your individual resources is extremely valuable.
An example of a Master Mind is an effective marriage. The woman can often stimulate and encourage her husband to achieve that which he would not normally be capable of; and many women have succeeded because of the support and understanding of their husbands. Without the pairing, each would have achieved far less.
Many of the greatest minds of the human race freely admit they did not originate the ideas and creations that made them world famous. Rather, it was like tuning into a cosmic radio station, and gaining the inspiration direct from the mind of God. Scripture reminds us in the gospel of Matthew, 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
The Mastermind principle is therefore like setting up an extremely powerful receiving station; a huge radio telescope tuned to the depths of the heavens, with which to receive every signal pertinent to the goal in mind.
Those who utilize this Mastermind principle become great beyond even their dreams. Those who do not have a much harder time, and may never succeed at all.
Carefully select people who are likely to be in harmony with this purpose. The importance of harmony in the group cannot be stressed enough.
Therefore, you must regularly review the people in the group. If a member is not in harmony with the common purpose, that person must be removed, and replaced by someone who is.
Meet with your group regularly to discuss and brainstorm ideas. Although it is not good to discuss your aspirations with all the people in your life, those inside your group are your confidantes, and therefore can be trusted. Jesus had His team of 12 disciples. They worked together as a team.
Your goal must benefit every person who works on your team. No one will work for free. Give them money, recognition, or assignments they enjoy. Why ask someone to do something that is not in agreement with their spirit, they hate that assignment. How much do you really think will get done? So make wise selections, and don't throw someone a bone, they will feel you have belittled them, and they will not be a happy camper!
My three sisters and I formed our Mastermind group, it worked well! At the time, we were in business together, we lived together as a family and met over coffee; traveled in the same car together to our office daily, and planned the entire way; and worked together for 10 years. What a Mastermind group.
It worked as we improved the annual Georgia Avenue Day Festival and Parade each year -- we became known as "The Grant Sisters." What began as an event that attracted 1,000 people soared to more than 200,000; with the Caribbean Festival, a spin-off of our festival!
It cannot be all about you. Each member must matter. You must show them love. You must show them respect. As my pastor can say, "I'm not making this up; it is not coming from me." This is a principle researched by the late author Napoleon Hill. If you don't believe me, get the book and read this chapter for yourselves. You might get a big surprise!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. Area. Call her at 202-518-3192; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.facebook.com/lyndia.grant; https://twitter.com/LyndiaGrant