Two Heads Are Better than One!
- Two Heads Are Better than One! How to Accelerate Your
Success with a Mastermind Group
Column By Jack Canfield
We all know that two heads are better than one when it comes
to solving a problem or creating a result. So imagine having
a permanent group of five or six people who meet every week
for the purpose of problem solving, brainstorming,
networking, and encouraging and motivating each other!
This process is called masterminding and is one of the most
effective success tools you can adopt! It is a powerful way
to support your dreams and bring unlimited resources to your
business and personal life.
Participating in a mastermind group has been critical to me.
I can't imagine achieving all I have without one, and it
certainly made my goals happen much faster.
A Process for Accelerating Your Growth...
The basic philosophy of a mastermind group is that more can
be achieved in less time when people work together.
Sometimes called a "dream team" your mastermind group is
made up of two or more individuals who voluntarily come
together on a regular basis - weekly, biweekly, or monthly -
to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback and
Your group can be composed of people from your own industry
or profession or people from all walks of life. You can
focus on business, increasing each other's income, building
a business, raising better kids, or solving a social
Within your mastermind group, you benefit from the other
members who empower you and draw out your full talents,
resources and abilities. They trigger you, stimulate and
motivate you to become all you are capable of being.
Creating Your Dream Team...
Regardless of its purpose, the key is to choose people who
are already where you'd like to be in your life - or who are
at least a level above you. In forming your mastermind
group, start by carefully enrolling another friendly, on-
purpose, like-minded individual.
Start by meeting together and then adding other selected,
unanimously agreed-upon individuals who will work in total
harmony for the good of each other and for the good of the
1. Your Dream Team should consist of 4-8 people. Most people
find that 6 is the ideal number.
2. Meet weekly, if possible, for an hour to an hour and a
half. This meeting must be held sacred as a life-enhancing
priority. The meetings should be upbeat, enriching,
encouraging and beneficial to each individual and the
group's purposes. I always start our meetings with a prayer
or an invocation. You could also start with an inspiring
3. Each member must agree to play all out -- to openly share
ideas, support, contacts, information, feedback, and
anything else that will help advance the individual and
4. Start by having each member share something positive and
good that happened since the last meeting.
5. Next, have each member share an opportunity or problem
they have experienced since the last meeting and ask for
whatever support they would like on it.
Appoint a time-keeper to make sure that everyone gets the
same amount of time. This is important if you want your
group to last. Everyone must get value at each meeting.
6. End by sharing appreciations and acknowledgements.
You'll find one of the real values of a mastermind group is
the accountability factor - other members checking up on you
to make sure you meet your stated commitments. It's one way
to ensure you'll accomplish a lot more!
Jack Canfield, is the founder and co-creator of book brand
Chicken Soup for the Soul and a leading authority on Peak