“Be careful of the company you keep,” Mother would say. “One bad apple can spoil the bunch.” Such was my introduction to the dangers of the Group Mind. Most groups I came into contact with were indeed narrow-minded and tended to prefer to hold individuals back from exceeding the group average. This Tribal Mentality is evident not only in groups of peers but in families and work environments as well. Everything in life has a flip side however, and the flip side to the Tribal Mind is the Master Mind.
In 1928 Napoleon Hill defined the Master Mind as “a mind that is developed through the harmonious co-operation of two or more people who ally themselves for the purpose for accomplishing any given task.” In other words, there is strength in numbers. A group of people gathered in the spirit of team work toward the achievements of each individual propels each member forward.
As creative people in a largely black and white world, membership in a cooperative can make all the difference in our success. The Master Mind offsets the effects of the negative thinkers in our lives by re-enforcing positive, can-do attitudes. The “team-spirit” creates a foundation for inspiration, accountability and emotional support, assisting and encouraging members to reach for their highest goals and achieve their personal best.
This year, you owe it to yourself to find your group—or find several! Take a class, attend a conference and join like minded friends online. Participation is the key. Watching from the sidelines may be inspiring but full benefits are realized only when you actively participate; participation tells your mind that you are serious in the pursuit of your goal.
For me, Women On Writing is my lifeline. This co-creative group is present each day sharing enthusiasm, stimulating creative vision, sharing experience and helping to keep each other focused. Members can post a question on the discussion boards and receive guidance in a matter of minutes. There are eBooks, contracts and articles free to download or print, and a monthly Premium Green pdf of submission calls, job listings and articles. I feel as if I am in an office full of writers. I open my email and there is a message from a colleague down the hall saying she just landed a great contract or another one with a lead on a new publisher. Each day I work towards my success, I know I am one member of a team—each of us in common pursuit.
by Robyn Chausse
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