Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, the book he is most known for, describes the Master Mind Alliance or Group. A Master Mind Group is composed of like-minded people who have come together in a spirit of giving each other wise and well-considered counsel, support, and encouragement. The group usually meets on a regular basis.
Napoleon Hill points out that oftentimes it’s very difficult to find people in whom you can place implicit trust. And it’s murder to your hopes and dreams if you choose people who are “wrong”. It isn’t that they deliberately set out to harm you or to squash your dreams but, in an effort to be helpful, they point out pitfalls and weaknesses and that you don’t yet have all the answers you may need. The next thing you know, you’ve given up on your dream or put it on the shelf to await a time when you are “more prepared”.
As an aside: there is no better time than right now to start on, and pursue, your dreams!
Instinctively, you understand that this Master Mind Group can be very beneficial: people to turn to when you’re unsure or discouraged, as well as having the benefit of others’ knowledge and skills. All of this could help you move faster toward your goals and dreams.
However, it’s human nature to see the world through one’s own lens of hopes and aspirations, fears and resistances, judgments and preconceived notions. Without realizing it, one then ascribes these to what other people are saying and doing. It takes a very wise and seasoned person, indeed, to put aside their perceptions and notions and truly listen and counsel another.
So, what’s a person to do? Especially if you follow Napoleon Hill’s counsel and are very careful who you invite to be in your Master Mind Group, and if you really don’t want to wait around until you do come across these sometimes rare individuals?
Napoleon Hill goes on to explain how he solved this problem for himself: he held the meetings in his imagination with people he admired, current business people of his time, whether he personally knew them or not, as well as some historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.
You can do the same for yourself!
Your homework today is to create your own Master Mind Group, at least in your imagination. Choose people you admire and respect, and who admire and respect you in return. It doesn’t matter if they are alive or not or whether you know them or not. They can be real people or characters. For instance, you can choose to have Mr. Rogers on your advisory board because of his gentle counsel, The Lone Ranger because of his sense of justice, Helen Keller because of how she overcame her disabilities and lived a rich, full life that inspired millions, your neighbor down the street who is always cheerful and ready to lend a helping hand, and your grandma because her food always made you feel safe, secure, and loved.
You can choose a number of people or only a few. You can have more than one group, one to help with personal situations and another for business support, for instance. Or you can have a core group and add members for specific purposes and then let them fade into the background when you no longer need that specific help. For instance, if you’re feeling discouraged, in your imagination you can once again be with your grandma and bask in her love for you and her gentle counsel.
Who will you choose? Post in the comments section about this, if you’d like.
I’m proud of you!