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Oct 6, 2016

When to Join a Mastermind Group

questioningI just got off the phone with one of my most favorite clients who told me that she wants to lead a mastermind group of her own. “It’s been life-altering for me. I want to do that for other people as well.”

Not that I needed reminding of why I love working with people who want to change their lives. It’s fulfilling, inspiring and intimate work.

I love coaching women who know what they want to achieve next in their lives and appreciate my style of support, guidance and gentle shoving (!) to help them get there.

But there are also two other groups I love to work with: 1) Women who aren’t sure what’s next, and 2) Women in transition.

It’s incredibly exciting to watch the indecision, confusion and discontent slip away when asked a powerful question. Then, fireworks!

My favorite metaphor for that form of stuckness is picturing yourself standing behind the bars of a jail cell, gripping them tightly and crying, “Why am I stuck in here?” Then, pointing out to the client, what happens if you turn 90 degrees to the right? What’s the opportunity there? Behind you? To your left?

Often what is keeping us stuck is a mindset that can be swiftly altered when brought into the light. The power of the mastermind is that you get to tap into the wisdom of a group of women with years and years of experience. The blinders come off, and your future begins to shine brightly ahead.

You also get to contribute your wisdom and amaze yourself with how great you are at solving other people’s problems! Often, the advice you offer them is precisely what would advance your career and life. Just hearing yourself utter solutions is life-changing.

I’ll never forget when I brought my soon-to-be-published book Soul Proprietor to the group I was in (which led me to leading them soon after). The publisher had re-edited my words in such a way that I felt my message was being diluted. My best wisdom suggested that I pull the plug on the whole deal after 9 months of intense labor not to mention a cash advance. My mastermind group members had a different idea for me. “Jane,” one asked, “is there anyone else who can read both versions and see if they agree with you?”

At the time, I’d been married to an English teacher for 25 years. It hadn’t even occurred to me to ask his opinion. He graciously read both copies and said, “Jane, they’re virtually the same.”

If I can get in my own way like that, perhaps you, too, might find yourself in your own stuck place. Let me help you un-stick. It’s my favorite thing to do.


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