The Power of Masterminds in an Increasingly Online World

If you’ve ever worked with a group in any workplace, you may have come away with the opinion that group work is more trouble than it’s worth. Conversations veer off-topic, people work at different paces, and syncing up schedules can be a chore. 


But the truth is, working with the right group can give you creative breakthroughs you might never have had on your own. And when you’re running a business, especially alone, it’s crucial to find the support you need for brainstorming, problem-solving, and more. Mastermind groups open a world of collaboration and shared insights within a supportive environment—and in the age of physical distancing, you might find that it’s the power of that collaboration that keeps you going. Here are a few reasons to consider joining a mastermind group your next business investment.


Sense of community


Entrepreneurs who start a small business can be surprised to find how lonely and isolating it can feel when you don’t have the right crowd to support you. Worse, finding opportunities for business networking and group brainstorming has never been easy, even before coronavirus came on the scene. In an age where physical distancing is the new norm, it’s more important than ever to surround yourself with people who can help you reach your goals—and that’s where mastermind groups come in. These groups foster a sense of community between like-minded members, allowing participants to share experience and connections and to support each other as needed. The solid relationships and ongoing help quickly give you the sense that you aren’t alone, and you’ll be supported as you move forward.


Shared vision


Most of us are at our best when we feel we’re working together toward a shared goal. And although each member of a mastermind group is working toward personal goals around their own organization, everyone’s objective is to move forward—meaning that every win can be celebrated together as a sign of the community’s success. Whether members are investing in education, improving business skills, or adjusting their finances, each person achieves more through the group’s collaboration, support, and shared sense of purpose, making it a great way to find your own success.


Regular connections


In a mastermind group, online meetings occur on an ongoing basis. The overall goal is to create a safe space for members to discuss the pressing issues of their business and the tactics and techniques they’re using, as well as to provide opportunities for education, collaboration, and business networking. These ongoing meetings also offer the extra advantage of helping members stay connected with like-minded business owners, fostering long-term relationships with your peers. 

Finding empowerment through peer support is more important now than ever before. With these advantages (and many more), a mastermind group may be one of the most important business moves you make.

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


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