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Phew! We made it past the holidays, even if some of us (well, me) are still taking down the decorations. So now it’s time to really step on up to those 2015 writer goals.
If you’ve never explored a Mastermind group, now may be just the time, and I want to explain why.
Mastermind Groups WORK!
Back in mid-2012 I (somewhat reluctantly) joined a Mastermind Group. I figured I’d give it a shot, and ended up being pleasantly surprised by the camaraderie. We all worked at our goals together, but then for one reason or another, some moved away, others moved on… We lost the formality of the group but we stayed in touch.
Recently, three of the original members decided we needed to regroup and revisit, so we brought on a few more folks and gathered together this past week to talk about our new strategies and challenges and current direction.
One of the original members brought a mind-map (my fave mind-mapping app for both PC and Mac is MindNode) I’d done when I’d first gotten involved. Revelation!
This turned out to be an enlightening piece of proof that boy, oh boy, this stuff works! On it, I’d put down that I wanted to create a portal of vetted author resources (what became the Winner Circle – done), cultivate some stellar partners (check) and in the long term, establish an emerging authors conference in Charleston (yay, PubSense Summit!)
WOW. I honestly hadn’t remembered writing these things down or sharing them with this group, but instantly realized that by doing just that — writing it down and making myself accountable to “get ‘er done” – somehow, it DID get done, much of it after we’d stopped officially meeting and checking in. Setting the course made all the difference…
Make a MasterMind Group
Your group can be made up of fellow writers, fellow business colleagues, neighbors, friends. Each can have similar goals or vastly different objectives. (Our own group includes a playwright, a parent coach, a business consultant, an author…).
Try not to bog it down with too many rules and regulations. Ours are simple:
- We keep to five-six people so everyone has a chance to take center stage.
- We take turns (timing us on a cell phone timer) to each take ten minutes to talk about our current goals/challenges and share what goals/mind maps we may have created or drawn to illustrate our objectives.
- Five to ten minutes of Q&A follows each person’s opening statement, where each of us can weigh in with “Have you considered this?” or “I have a contact for you that may be able to help with…”
- We’re mutually supportive.
- We finish up by confirming our next meeting date (our current group meets twice a month — not so often as to interrupt our busy lives or so seldom that we forget to stay on track).
- In between meetings, we make good on promised connections via email, or share a successful “Yeah, I broke down and made that call!” tidbit or two.
- Rinse and repeat!
Easy, right? Sometimes the most elegant solutions are also the most simple…
What Are Your Writer Goals in 2015?
Come on, you can share! Finish that manuscript? Join a writer’s group? Find a publisher? Find 5,000 new readers? Attend a conference?
There’s no goal too lofty for us writers with imagination. True, we may need to break it down into a few tinier, more manageable steps, but let’s get cracking. I’m excited to hear EVERYONE’s goals this year because I know you can meet them, AND it’ll help the WWW team know better how to help you, too!
Share with your comment below and I look forward to seeing each and responding!
Creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. Shari is a founding member of the PubSense Summit, the principal author of the WWW blog, and speaks at conferences around the country. The Where Writers Win team’s Winner Circle offers vetted book review directories, book clubs, indie bookstore listings, calendars of conferences, festivals and other cultivated resources for emerging authors.