So, this isn’t news. We are constantly making little decisions — choices — that are creating shifts in who we are or whom we will become. Constantly. It’s overwhelming if you really think about it.
Welp, today I find myself not overwhelmed by the infinite choices that shape who we are but instead by one little decision I made on January 19th that has had the most incredible ripple effect in my life this year.
As I put the finishing touches on my Actors Access column about Masterminding, I went back and added two sentences. No more keeping this part of my world quiet like Fight Club. Maybe this process gets formalized, now.
I even run a few, and we’re populating our February through April mastermind groups right now. If that intrigues you, the application process starts here.
I figured, “Heck, let’s see if anyone else out there is craving such a thing.”
I put a link to a form that didn’t yet exist into the column. I turned it in. I created the form. *shrug* “Let’s see what happens!”
Within hours, I had a list of 10 people who wanted to mastermind with me. They wanted to start immediately.
*blink* *blink* *blink*
Being the nimble business owner that I am, I quickly set about the work to get the details arranged: Where we’d meet, whose personalities would mesh best in which group, format for the group’s fortnightly agenda, how we’d stay connected and accountable between meetings, systemizing payment and AB 1319 contract execution… and then I notified the new masterminders and the (bummed but understanding) waitlisters of the plan.
~~ Insert small ball rolling into a huge ball here. ~~
(Okay, couldn’t find that image, but this one’s cute, right?)
(Oh! It just hit me. Snowball effect! THAT’S the image, not some “small ball into huge ball” thingy I should’ve looked up. Oh well… enjoy the kitteh. It’s fun.)
Within a few weeks, the waitlist had expanded exponentially. I was in a rhythm. Masterminders all over the world were experiencing major tier jumps in record time due to our focused efforts, the hive mind of “yes, and…”-ing shares, and regular accountability. I offered another two groups up to the waitlist. Filled ’em both in four hours. Added a fifth group after another couple of months.
Had my first, “May I just pay for my space for a full year?” convo, because my lifers were NOT letting go of their slots. No effin’ way.
And when a masterminder recently said, “I’m heading out from masterminding because it’s time for me to focus more on my small business — as growing it will help me afford to keep my acting career going. You should consider offering a mastermind group for entrepreneurs. I’d stay in with that focus,” I slept on it and then said, “Yeah. That’s a great idea.”
Announced the new offering for entrepreneurs to a very small group of alumni whose businesses I’ve seen beginning to bubble up in exciting ways and had 10 people say, “I’m in!” and another half-dozen say, “Next round,” and decided, welp, that’s two new groups, and eight entrepreneurs good to go, everyone else waiting ’til 2015. Or ’til I add more groups.
Goodness… could I add more groups?
Uh… I’ll get back to you on that. There’s a finite number of hours in a Bon, y’know?
I think maybe next up would be an executive retreat somewhere else.
But I digress.
Point of this post: I knew I had value as a tour guide through the mastermind process. I’ve risen to leader in every mastermind in which I’ve participated. I spot right away what makes a good fit, in terms of personal and professional chemistry (hey, it’s like I do the casting thing sometimes, huh?). I hold people’s feet to the proverbial fire without being (overly) harsh and I remind ’em to be gentle with themselves when they tend to push too hard.
But what I didn’t know for sure ’til recently was exactly how much value these gorgeous, glorious people would get out of jamming together, fortnightly. That our work together — especially for those group members who most rabidly make use of the private forums, the time between meetings, the support group that is the collective — would catapult some people up a tier or two faster than I ever expected.
Why didn’t I expect this?
Surround yourself with the best people on the planet. Make sure they know one another. Stand back while they make magic.
I know this. I live this. I always have.
And I guess the world of Self-Management for Actors curriculum has evolved yet again. My life has been completely changed this year by the inclusion of these amazing people in my world, ongoing, just because I put a few extra words and a link into a column back in January.
I am so freakin’ honored to walk the path with these folks and to be a part of their creative (and entrepreneurial) journey.
So, thank you, beautiful ones, for huddling with me like this. By sitting in a circle with me on the regular, you’ve expanded the circle of my life and the lives of your fellow masterminders, just by sharing your journey and, of course, always sharing your toys — just like I’m doing now. ’cause y’all know, I can’t experience growth without sharing it. It’s how this goes, with me.
Whatever you’re thinking you *might* be able to bring into your life, walk toward it. Right now. It’s there for you. Are *you* there for it?
Walk toward it. It is — and you are — more ready than you may think.