I have a question for you:

How well supported are you in your community?

Personally, I’m very blessed with an extraordinary community that constantly supports me, encourages me and meets my needs.  It’s a community I’ve intentionally cultivated over the years with people with aligned values and philosophies on life.

An integral part of the collaborative support I receive from my community comes from my mastermind groups.

Mastermind groups take many forms yet they share a similar goal of regularly bringing people together to focus on growth, development, problem solving and sharing wisdom and expertise.

Napoleon Hill discovered the value of a mastermind when he studied the habits of successful businessmen.  He discovered they formed groups to collectively learn together which was one of the keys to their success.  (If you haven’t read his book Think and Grow Rich I strongly recommend you add it to your reading list.)

I’m now in 3 mastermind groups.

I’ve been in one for 18 years and we meet weekly.  It is my most sacred appointment and has hands down profoundly contributed to me and my business.

I’m also in a twice a month group which we created after exploring life together in a year long transformative intentional creativity program.  We hold annual planning sessions and  help each other in our businesses, life and creativity.

Last week, I joined another mastermind group – the Uplevel Incubator.  The members are 6 and 7 figure women business owners who want to take their business to the next level as we brainstorm, learn and receive DAILY high level accountability. The facilitator is a highly successful international business woman who is generously sharing her massive wisdom with us for the next three months.

We’ve set big, hairy audacious goals and she’s providing training, a coaching team, wisdom, practical experience and DAILY accountability to keep us laser focused on our goals.

What do you suppose we’ll accomplish in 3 months with this high level of dedicated commitment and accountability?!?!

The women in this group are extraordinary, dedicated to collaboration, authentic, vulnerable, funny, diverse, wicked smart, welcoming, giving and encouraging as we all share our goals and needs. It’s an intentionally cultivated group designed for maximum involvement, contribution and benefit.  Pure business magic!

So let me ask you:

  • Do you currently have a supportive group of people who help you go after your goals and fill your needs?
  • Do you have a team to collaborate and brainstorm and pick each other’s brains?
  • Do you have a group to remind you how amazing you are and that you have what it takes to succeed?
  • Do you surround yourself with people who are smarter than you in areas you need to grow your knowledge?
  • Are the people in your life aligned with your values, philosophies and desire to grow as a human being?

If you don’t have such a group, perhaps it’s time to find one. Or time to create your own group – start with kindred spirits and explore the possibilities (which is how my 18 year mastermind group started!).

Whether you start a group, join a group or continue on your solo path, make sure you surround yourself with a top notch, quality community who brings out the very best in you and your life.  You deserve it!

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Joan Jakel

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