So in my last post I explained the 5 main reasons you should be looking for specific help in your business. In the form of a mastermind group.
I hope at least one or two resonated with you.
Because the mastermind concept is a really powerful tool for advancing on your path to success.
Unfortunately they also tend to fall outside most entrepreneurs’ comfort zones. And because they do, those entrepreneurs tend to have a whole lot of reasons for not taking the plunge and ramping up their success.
In this post I’m going to share a few of my favorites…
1: I Know All About Them. Nothing For Me There…
Pay attention! The biggest, most deeply rooted, most intractable obstacle to your bettering yourself and your business is…
What you already know.
(Or at least what you think you know.)
Our brains are incredible organs. They process millions upon millions of bits of data every second. And to help in handling that immense task, they’ve developed a number of shortcuts.
One is an “auto-filing” system. As soon as our brains can identify and fit anything new into some already known category, that’s where it goes without any further examination.
That way your brain doesn’t have to expend a ton of energy dealing with so many details. And it can go back to processing all those data bits on auto-pilot.
The truth is you don’t know what a mastermind is all about and what one can possibly offer you until you sit down and participate in one. Notice my emphasis on participation
You only get out what you put in. (Of course that goes for everything in life.) But you should be aware that most mastermind groups require participation. No wallflowers sitting and listening in on these. That’s one reason they’re so damn effective.
2: I Can’t Afford It…
OK. Let me be totally honest. Cost can be a barrier to entry. Some groups command mid-five figure membership fees. And typically the better ones attract more successful entrepreneurs who can manage a substantial up front investment.
But if your decision to join one is based solely on the money, you’re looking at it all wrong.
A quality mastermind group, that’s attended by sharp, successful entrepreneurs (who can seriously move the needle for your business) can more than pay for itself in terms of what you invest in it. And by the way, that’s how you should be thinking about a mastermind group.
As an investment.
As an investment in your future security. As an investment in your earning potential. As an investment in your ability to quickly and efficiently achieve and even exceed your business and financial goals.
Because that’s what they’ll do for you.
An important warning: While you shouldn’t make money an obstacle, you shouldn’t spend the rent on one either. Putting yourself under any kind of undue financial or mental stress will only impede your ability to perform in the group. And ultimately diminish your results.
But in more cases than you’d imagine, money is just an excuse.
So if you find a mastermind group that you think suits your needs, but the membership fee sounds a little out of reach, think about this. What other things do you spend money on every month – like your cable bill, those daily trips to Starbucks, etc – that have little or no bearing on your ultimate success.
3: I Don’t Belong…
OK, more honesty. This can be true in certain cases too. Some groups do have strict admission standards.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t apply to any of them.
More often than not, your shortcomings are nothing more than your own stories. That “Oh, I could never…” attitude.
And anyway, so what? Imagine if you applied to a high level group (honestly of course) and did get accepted.
A friend mine likes to golf. He says always says plays better when he plays with someone who’s better than him. He doesn’t know what it is. But somehow unconsciously his game dials up a notch.
It doesn’t instantly make him a scratch golfer. But strokes seem to automatically come off his score.
Jim Rohn once said:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Positioning yourself with those you view as a class above you will help push you to even greater success than you might have ever thought possible.
4: I Don’t Have Time…
OK, now it’s time to be a little harsh.
The truth is you’ve got nothing but time. In this world, time is all you’ve got. And frankly, you can never be sure of how much you’ve got left.
So why waste that time on miniscule details that have a marginal impact on your success? Why not invest that precious time doing something that will change things in a radical way?
Falling back on the idea of “someday when I have more time” is a terribly flawed way of thinking.
How many things have you put off until “someday”?
How many of those things have you actually gotten to?
The idea of “time management” is a total fallacy. You can’t manage time. The only thing you can manage is what you do with the time you have.
5: I’m Doing Fine On My Own…
See yesterday’s post.
And good luck to you…
So which excuse do you fall back on most? One from this list? Or do you have a personal favorite? Share yours in the comments section below.