You may be wondering what in the heck is a mastermind group. Well, let me tell you, it’s an amazing group of individuals that come together to help support each other by exchanging relevant ideas and inspiration to help each person move forward towards their goals.
If you’re an entrepreneur (or even if you’re not), it’s easy to get stuck inside your own head when trying to figure stuff out. Being part of a mastermind group gives you the ability to tap into other people’s ideas and insights, breaking you out of your own head and allowing fresh ideas in.
There’s nothing greater than being part of an exclusive community that “gets” you and is working towards similar goals as you. It’s amazing how much more quickly you’re able to move forward towards your goals when you have a whole community supporting and cheering you on.
One great advantage of attending a mastermind group regularly is accountability. It’s one thing to give yourself deadlines but quite another when you have other people helping to keep you on task and also helping you when you fall off.
Each member of a mastermind group brings their unique experiences and talents to the group, creating a diverse set of ideas and insights that you just won’t find sitting home alone. This is especially useful when you’re stuck for ideas and don’t know how to move forward.
Besides extending your network and all that wonderful stuff, you’ll meet amazing people and create friendships that go beyond the mastermind group. And a wonderful thing about these people is that they’re striving towards similar goals as you so they get where you are on your journey.
Being part of a mastermind group is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your business and/or goals. Join one that’s as specific to your business/goals as you can in order to get the most out of it and meet like-minded people. Be sure to contribute and give back as well as receive to get the most out of it.
You can find a variety of mastermind groups (coming soon if they’re not yet up) at the Fantastic Girls Club. Or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation. Please include what business/goals you’re wanting to work on to ensure that you’re placed in an appropriate group.
I’d love to hear your experiences on what it’s been like for you to be in a mastermind group – the good, the bad, the ugly. Also, what would you like to see/have in a mastermind group, either in person or online?
Are you one of those people who can’t seem to decide on a career? Have you struggled for months (YEARS!) trying to figure out that one career that makes the most sense? Do you cringe whenever you hear “follow your passion” and “do the work you love?” If yes, you are not alone.
I have struggled right along with you (for YEARS) trying to determine which career to focus my attention on. I was under the impression that you had to pick just one. This all started in middle school when my parents sat me down and told me I had to get serious about my academic career and needed to figure out which career path I wanted to follow. I did not take this well and subsequently suffered for years afterwards trying to figure this out.
It wasn’t until recently when I rediscovered Barbara Sher’s book Refuse to Choose! that I finally gave in to the fact that I’m a scanner. According to Barbara, a scanner is someone who loves to do a variety of things (often simultaneously) and isn’t satisfied focusing on only one thing. They CANNOT only do one thing. They are not built that way. Focusing on only one thing drives a scanner crazy and leaves them deeply dissatisfied.
I read the book back in 2006 when it came out but for some reason it’s taken rediscovering it in 2014 for it to really sink in.
You may be a scanner if…
If you’re a scanner, hello and welcome to our crazy world. Yes, we may not fit societal’s mold of picking one career for the rest of our lives, but once you get comfortable knowing that this is who you are, then you can relax and get on what you really want to do: EVERYTHING!
Not surprisingly, scanners come in all varieties ranging from cyclical scanners (who have four to five major areas of interest) to the Sybil (whose list of interest is endless and always expanding). No matter which type you are, there is a way to manage all of what you want to do with ease and grace and without losing your head.
Since graduating from college (communication major – can’t get much more broad), I’ve dabbled in marketing, publishing, writing (novels), journalism (writing boring financial articles), editing, graphic design, web design, real estate (briefly held a real estate license), life coaching, photography, and akashic readings. I’ve held full time jobs, telecommuting jobs, freelance jobs and owned my own businesses (multiple). I’ve been a managing editor, marketing coordinator, staffing sales associate, real estate agent, web designer, graphic designer, writer, proofreader, photographer, life coach and akashic records practitioner. A lot of these I’ve done simultaneously and continue to do (at least four).
So, you see, you are not alone.
the scanner toolkit
It’s one thing to know you’re a scanner, it’s another to know what to do about it.
The first tool Barbara suggests every scanner use is the SCANNER DAYBOOK. It’s a notebook dedicated to capturing all your thoughts and ideas so you have them in one place and easily accessible. You can do this in a notebook or online using Pinterest or bookmarks. Whatever works for you. I personally have a notebook where I capture everything. I call it my dream journal and it gives me comfort knowing all my great ideas are tucked away in there waiting.
The second is the WALL CALENDAR POSTER which is a six year calendar (you can make it yourself using poster board) used for marking down all the projects you want to do and giving them deadlines (times). I use this in a different way – writing out all my projects in a spreadsheet with deadlines. I break down each project (like write a new novel) down into bite size chucks (like develop a storyline) and assign deadlines to each chunk. I then sort them in order of their deadlines and waalaa – I have a workable “to do” list that helps me to manage all that I want to do.
Barbara also suggests using STICKY NOTES as a solution to capturing ideas and recommends sticking them everywhere.
I am so grateful for having found this book and to have stopped struggling with trying to nail down one career focus. As you can see from my website, I’m an intuitive life coach, akashic practitioner, photographer and writer and wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’d love to hear about your experiences as a scanner. It’s helpful to know we’re not alone.