1. Pose Questions. Ask your team what they would do in your particular situation. Questions make you and the others think.
2. Be Specific. Our minds and the minds of our mastermind partners work best with specific information. The more specific you are, the more specific (and helpful) the ideas will be.
3. Encourage and Acknowledge. Part of the value of your mastermind is to give and receive encouragement and acknowledgement. Make sure you do your part.
4. Complete Your Intentions and Commitments. And submit to your team before your meeting (preferably the day before). In doing so, you clarify your own thinking while making your goals, projects, intentions and progress readily available to your teammates. You may access this form below.
5. Focus on the Main Thing. You don’t have to review every detail with your team because they already have your Intentions and Commitment Form. Instead, focus on the key areas on which you would like help.
6. Share Your Work. If you’re working on a project, creating a website or writing a proposal, send your plans to your team and ask for their feedback. Don’t overdo it, but getting the input of the rest of the team can be invaluable.
7. Don’t Be Embarrassed. Tell the truth. If you haven’t done what you committed to doing, say so. And then recommit. This is not a competition.
8. Share Your Pain. We all struggle from time to time. The intention is not to dwell on it, but to acknowledge it and look for ways through it or around it. What does our pain have to teach us? How are we creating it? What are we resisting? Explore, learn and make some changes when warranted.
9. Challenge Them and Yourself. The intention is not only to achieve your goals but to grow in the process. Make commitments that are challenging. Stretch yourself by going for something bigger and better. In my Inner Circle we practice “Carefrontation”.
10. Share Your Decisions. In any given week, we’re called upon to make many choices. What are the choices you’re wrestling with? Share the bigger ones and benefit from the perspective, experience and wisdom of your mastermind team.
Intentions and Commitments Form (must be logged in)
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