You've heard the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This concept proves itself with the exponential power within the context of the Mastermind Group.
The idea of a mastermind was first communicated in Napoleon Hill's timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich. Hill wrote, "No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind."
There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a Mastermind Group. Participants often raise the bar by challenging & encouraging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, offer new perspectives and support each other. Too often we get lost in our own daily tasks and miss the forest through all the trees. Regular participation in a mastermind group will help you keep a healthy perspective and remain focused on your goals and long term plans.
By teaming up with people that are outside of your immediate network you are able to gain new insights and see things you couldn't otherwise see. These folks will have different experiences than you, and can offer new ways to handle issues that come up, and can help you by asking you great questions that help you discover the answers to get through those times you are stuck and in need of a breakthrough. And even more powerful is being that catalyst for growth for someone else. By sharing your experiences to benefit someone else's business is one of the most empowering pieces of the mastermind experience.
Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles and co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit", is an avid advocate of the Mastermind Group principle. He describes it as “one of the most powerful tools ever used by successful people.” By coming together in a spirit of harmony a community of supportive colleagues is built, which will not only improve your business, but your personal life as well. Jim Rohn said "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Isn't time to up that average?
Mastermind groups offer a built in accountability circle. When you share your goals and with someone else, you help them help you be more accountable for the outcomes. One of the secrets to achievement is to be constantly reminded about it, and a mastermind group offers a team of people that can ask you where you are with your goal, and offer encouragement if you've gotten stuck or have lost focus from your goal.