Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people.
A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others. How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It’s very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.
Here are 7 reasons why a Mastermind might be right for you: 1. You’ll be part of an exclusive community. Joining a mastermind typically involves you being invited by the members or going through an application process. The other members need you just as much as you need them, so quality of experience and knowledge is crucial to all involved.
2. Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of “being alone” while running your business is gone. The other members of the group turn into business advisors of sorts and vice versa.
3. Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. Or, you may be the perfect person to help another member as well. The group works together collaboratively, to achieve more together.
4. Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. If you are in business, you know how important your network is. By joining a mastermind, you instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.
5. New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. By interacting and sharing your challenges, it’s almost certain that someone in your mastermind will have a solution for you and you may also be able to offer a solution, connection or tactic to help another in the group.
6. Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. Finding ways to help each other through promoting to your respective networks.
7. Think bigger. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can’t help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.
Masterminds are incredible and can do wonders for your business as well as for you, personally. Growing in a group is not only more effective, it’s quite a bit more fun! Contact Brian Swift firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Your Time
There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." Then, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside and you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. Your Quickening, the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament.
It is your time!! You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appears over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you. Not everyone gets a trophy and there are winners and losers and that all right as long as you’re not a quitter.
You learn that your mother and father were more right than wrong. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love or faith and appreciate or approve of who or what you are, and that’s okay. They are entitled to their own views and opinions. You learn that the best things in live are free. You learn smooth roads never make good drivers. Smooth sea never makes good sailors. Clear skies never make good pilots. Problem free life never makes a strong person.
You learn about real Friendship isn’t how you forget, but how you forgive. Not how you listen, but how you understand. Not how you see, but how you feel. Not how you let go, but how you hold on!
You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself, and in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is your faith and the unexpected.
You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn’t always about you. You learn the more you give the more you get but not always when you think you should.
So, you learn to stand on your own and take care of yourself, and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties… and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.
You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it have faith and to give into fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms. You learn it’s a new day! It’s like a new sunrise of Hope, of Prosperity, of Happiness. It’s like a new beginning of thoughts, of words, of actions. It’s like a new beginning every day
You learn to never give up, here is no such thing as an ending, ust a new beginning. You learn to fight for your life and not squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes-bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people, and you learn not to always take it personally.
You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to agree to disagree; You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people on earth can only dream about: a nice home, a complete family, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.
You begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. You make a mental note not to defer your life any longer – only living it after you graduate, after you get that flashy new car, or after you make your millions as an investment banker, Doctor, lawyer or Indian chief.. If you are passionate enough, you can do what you love for the rest of your life, right here, right now.
You make it a point to have faith, keep smiling, to keep trusting, to keep learning, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.
You learn that sometimes less is more. You learn Do Less Thinking and pay more attention to your hear. You learn to Do Less Acquiring and pay more attention to what you already have. You learn to Do Less Complaining and pay more attention to giving. You learn to Do Less Controlling and pay more attention to letting go. You learn to Do Less Criticizing and pay more attention to complementing. You learn to Do Less Arguing and pay more attention to forgiveness. You learn to Do Less Running Around and pay more attention to stillness. You learn to Do Less Talking and pay more attention to silence, that’s why God gave you one mouth and two ears.
We could all do with a little more inspiration in our lives. Times are tough. Most of us are feeling poor, the future is uncertain, 2017 is looming … Sometimes it just takes one inspirational line to help us gain some perspective. After all, you could get hit by a taxi at any minute. To quote Homer Simpson, “you could wake up dead tomorrow!”
There’s more to life than money, cars, iPods, and blogging – like family, faith, clouds, bon fires and puppies. Inspiration comes in many forms and can be a powerful thing. The future belongs to those you are willing to build it. You can’t build your future in the future. You have to build it now. The more ambitious your dreams, the sooner you must start working in making them real. The future is yours. Start today to make it exactly how you want it to be. Continue to follow my blog for more inspirational pictures and words.
Understanding and Identifying Fear of Failure
Many of us are afraid of failing at least some of the time. It’s almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure.
But “fear of failure” is when we allow fear to stop us from doing the things that can move us toward our goals and dreams. People who succumb to their fears probably live so cautiously that they cannot make a move forward.
If you have a fear of failure, you likely experience some of these symptoms:
▪ Immobilization. A reluctance to try new things or get involved in challenging projects.
▪ Self-Sabotage. Examples include procrastination, anxiety, or a failure to follow through with goals.
▪ Low Self-Esteem or Self-Confidence. For example, negative statements such as “I’ll never be good enough to sell my books, make the team” or “I’m not smart enough to…..”
▪ Perfectionism. A willingness to try only those things that you know you’ll finish perfectly and successfully.
Understanding and Identifying Fear of Success
Change is necessary!! “Often the change does not occur until the pain of where your at is greater than the pain of where your going”
Fear of success is the projected fear of negative consequences or side effects from what success can potentially bring. Hence, you are essentially acknowledging that success can result in both positive and negative consequences. Your aversion to the thought of negative consequences is more than the pleasure gained from the thought of positive consequences.
“The fear of success is a very unique issue that arises when you are genuinely creating change and moving forward in your life,”
“The fear of success is very real because the future is real — we’re all heading there — and what we imagine for our future has an enormous influence on us.”
To create and sustain success it is essential to find and release your fears of success. The more you leave the task undone, the more your fears will control you.
“It’s the monster in the closet,” says Caine. “And it gets bigger.” You need to conquer the “man in the mirror”
These are signs that you may have a fear of success :
▪ Lack of motivation . For example, you frequently compromise your own goals or agenda to avoid conflict in a group, or even conflict within your family.
▪ Downplaying of dreams . For example, you self-sabotage your work or dreams by convincing yourself that you’re not good enough to achieve them.
▪ Slow progress. For example, you avoid or procrastinate on big projects, especially projects that could lead to recognition.
▪ Sustained underachievement . For example, you believe that if you do achieve success, you won’t be able to sustain it. Eventually you’ll fail, and end up back in a worse place than where you started. So you think, “Why bother?”
▪ Internal confusion about what you really want. For example, you feel, subconsciously, that you don’t deserve to enjoy success in your life.
▪ Negative emotions such as guilt, shame, denial, or envy. For example, you feel guilty about any success you have, no matter how small, because your friends, family, or co-workers haven’t had the same success.
▪ Disconnected with your true self. For example, you don’t tell others about your accomplishments.
Taking Action to Overcome Your Fears
To keep the fear of failure and fear of success from undermining your goals and dreams, it’s best to address the fear of success and fear of failure as soon as possible.
Fear in any form is not a good thing. It creates internal conflict.
The good news is that the more you face your fears, bring them to the surface, and analyze them rationally, the more you’re likely to weaken those fears – and dramatically reduce your reluctance to achieve your goals.
When you start to acknowledge your resistance, acceptance begins taking place. Fear dissipates. The law of attraction works favorably. Success should not be too far away.
There are several different strategies for overcoming your fear of failure or fear of success. If you feel that your efforts are being diminished by either of these fears, let me know and I’ll send you more on overcoming your fears.
There are too many obstacles in the way of authors — we don’t need our own fears to be another roadblock on the road to living our dreams as an author, doctor, business man….
Attitude “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” Lau Tzu An average person has an estimated that 50,000 thoughts per day depending on how 'deep' a thinker you are (other estimates run as high as 60,000/day).
As for your life, what's disturbing about these 50,000 thoughts per day is that the vast majority of them are pure nonsense. We often dwell in the past or the future, obsessing about mistakes we might have made, battling guilt, planning ahead or worrying. We are constantly drifting into fantasy, fiction and negativity.
Consequently, an absolute minuscule number of our thoughts are actually focused on what is truly important and real: the present moment. The moment is all that is. Everything else is elusive and illusory, particularly as our subjective awareness and feelings are concerned.
Some people have estimated that upwards of 70-80% of our daily thoughts are negative. That's very sad if true. The human mind, it would seem, is wired for neuroticism. A healthy first step to alleviate this problem, therefore, would be to increase one's awareness of these negative and bogus thoughts.
You'd be surprised how much control you can have over your thought processes and your ability to control your emotional responses. Even if they number 50,000 a day.