Mastermind Group

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“Instinct is a marvelous thing.
It can neither be explained nor ignored.”
Agatha Christie, British Author, 1890 – 1976

CREATIVE CO-OPERATION is where the true magic happens. Here, the power of your own self-belief, mixes with your win/win mentality and collides with that of other people. It is the concept of SYNERGY, where the whole is greater than the parts. It is not about compromise, where each side has lost a little of their energy in order to accommodate the needs of the other; which is still good if there is a win/win. However, this only results in what Covey says, 1 + 1 = 1½. Creative co-operation is when 1 + 1 = 3 or 80 or 1000! The essential ingredient is SHARED TRUST.

On the left is Covey’s Level of Communication diagram illustrating creative co-operation. My diagram on the right explains sociologist Kurt Lewin’s Force Field Analysis Model, in which he explains that logic is a driving force towards an effective solution, whilst emotion, is a restraining force. In order to drive up towards a better solution, you need to diminish the amount of emotion that throws barriers in the way of trust. The greater the trust, the more effective the outcome.

Whether you are the boss of your own company, the leader of a team or the patriarch/matriarch of your family, it is necessary to set up a culture of trust and co-operation to achieve the best there is to offer. By openly dealing with underlying issues, which would otherwise create toxic, negative emotion, you can create a safe, trusting environment. This in turns, makes for a successful business, an effective group and a loving tribe.

How is this done? It goes back to the Win/Win model, which I have adapted here for a group dynamic:

If at any time in your life you have been part of a creative co-operative process, then you have already experienced spirituality. All the chakras of each individual have been perfectly in line enough to open their crown chakra. The power and self-belief of each individual has mingled with each other to create an explosion.

However, you may not be in a position to have a team around you or you may want mental head space away from others to deal with issues on your own. I want to introduce a technique I picked up from Napoleon Hill’s book, ‘Think and Grow Rich‘. He refers to it as his ‘Invisible Counsellors’, however, I adapted the technique and have taken a phrase from another part of his book calling it my MASTERMIND GROUP.

As we get older, we naturally start to open up our spiritual side. This may be due to maturity or simply because we focus our time on ourselves away from developing a career and/or caring for children. Usually, after the age of forty-five, spiritualism comes easy. Before then we have to use serious thought, meditation or the suspension of disbelief. This is about harnessing and developing your SIXTH SENSE. As described by Hill, the sixth sense is “through which Infinite Intelligence may, and will communicate voluntarily, without any effort, or demands, by the individual“. It is also known as CREATIVE IMAGINATION, hunches, flashes of inspiration or intuition.

This cannot happen all the time, as you would be overwhelmed. If you have worked on the other sections of PHYSICAL BODY, SOCIAL DRIVE and EMOTIONAL COMMUNICATION, so as to balance your chakras, then you are ready to work on your higher, unseen power. I absolutely guarantee that if you open up to your sixth sense, you will be able to throw off discouragement, master your fears, overcome procrastination and will be able to draw upon your imagination.

You are setting up an imaginary executive board of eight people with you as the ninth, acting as the group leader. Choose eight real people whom you admire. They can be dead or alive, it doesn’t matter. You may need a few hours over a couple of subsequent days to put this together, but it will be worth it in the end. When choosing your team, think of aspects of your personal vision plan which you may need advice on. They may be successful business people, celebrities or even a relative who has passed away. When you have your list, close you eyes and bring each one to the table, addressing them until all are sat down. Then introduce them to each other. You have set up a safe, mutually beneficial culture where everyone can talk freely. Speak to them nightly or when you want to draw on wisdom. You may want to speak to them individually now and again. To get you started, I will share my Mastermind Group with you:

Zia Rosina accompanies me when I develop recipes for my cook books; bossy, but very good!