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Do you take time to Reflect?

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Do you carve out time in your week to pause and reflect. This Labor Day weekend, I did something different. I went on a hike by myself to get away and have a quiet time to take some time to think about what I’ve been thinking about.

In the 15 Laws of Growth, John C. Maxwell teaches the Law of Reflection – learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you.

Peter F. Drucker said, ” Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quite reflection will come even more effective action”.

There are many different ways of growing and an infinite number of lessons to be learned in life. But there are some kinds of growth that come to us only if we are willing to stop, pause, and allow the lesson to catch up with us.

The Power of Pausing

Through the power of pausing, Maxwell teaches how four reasons why taking some to reflect can help you grow.

1. Reflection turns experience into insight.

2. Everyone needs a time and a place to pause.

3. Pausing with intention expands and enriches thinking.

4. When you take time to pause, use your I’s.

Investigation – Pausing means more than just slowing down to smell the roses. It means stopping and really figuring them out.
Incubation – taking an experience of life and putting it into the slow cooker of your mind to simmer for a while.
Illumination – “at the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you” – Jim Rohn.
Illustration – the process of putting flesh to your ideas.

What is a Mastermind Group?

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Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people, even though Napoleon Hill created the concept around 75 years ago with his book, Think and Grow Rich. A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others.

How does a mastermind work? A group of like-minded people meet weekly, monthly, daily, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It’s very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.

Here are 7 reasons why a mastermind might be right for you:

  1. You’ll be part of an exclusive community. Joining a mastermind typically involves you being invited by the members or going through an application process. The other members need you just as much as you need them, so quality of experience and knowledge is crucial to all involved.
  1. Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of “being alone” while running your business or achieving a life-long dream or goal is gone. The other members of the group turn into business advisors of sorts and vice versa.
  1. Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. Or, you may be the perfect person to help another member as well. The group works together collaboratively, to achieve more together.
  1. Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. If you are in business, you know how important your network is. By joining a mastermind, you instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.
  1. New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. By interacting and sharing your challenges, it’s almost certain that someone in your mastermind will have a solution for you and you may also be able to offer a solution, connection or tactic to help another in the group.
  1. Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. Finding ways to help each other through promoting to your respective networks.
  1. Think BIGGER. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can’t help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.

Masterminds are incredible and can do wonders for your business as well as for you, personally. Growing in a group is not only more effective, it’s quite a bit more fun!

I’ll be hosting two new Mastermind group15laws-278x420s beginning Sept 29, 2015 for seven weeks discussing John C. Maxwell’s 15 Laws of Growth. Location: Virtual Webinar. Groups will be limited to 10 people per group. Comment below if interested in joining or email me at [email protected] Cost will be $200 per person.

John C. Maxwell says in order to reach your potential, you must be intentional about personal growth. This training curriculum will help you understand how personal growth really works, and how you can develop yourself to become a more effective and fulfilled individual. You will learn how to build up your sense of purpose and become more successful in every area of your life. Come alongside John in your growth journey to become the person you are destined to be!

Are there tried and true principles that are ALWAYS certain to help a person GROW?

Leadership Author and Guru John Maxwell says the answer is “yes”. He has been passionate about personal development for over forty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has learned about what it takes to reach your potential.  In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches…

The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen

                                       The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself.

And you will learn so much more…