By the time the world woke up to the frightening emergence of the Nazi regime, group-think had already infected most of Germany. Being part of a group changes how you think and behave. It changes your habits and the direction of your life. We see group-think at work in sports teams around the world, large corporations like Google, self-help organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Weight Watchers and we see it even within the family unit.
For those struggling in life or those who would like to reach for the stars, finding a group of like-minded, success-oriented people who can help lift you up, will fast track your escape from poverty or rise to riches.
But how do you find the right group of individuals to join? That is the million dollar question. The first step requires self-assessment. You need to define the future life you want to have. To do this, you must ask yourself a few fundamental questions:
- What does my future life look like?
- What does the future me do for a living?
- What type of people does the future me associate with?
- Where does the future me live and work?
- What skills and knowledge does the future me possess?
You need to clearly define what type of life you desire. Once you have done this, the next part of the process is to find people who share your dreams, goals, lifestyle, thinking, etc. It’s not that easy. But there is a shortcut.
Organizing a Mastermind Group of like-minded people is a good start. All you need is four, besides yourself. Meet once a week physically or via Skype, phone, etc. The key to the success of the group is consistency. You must devote at least one hour every week to the group. The individuals within the group will eventually open up their contact list to you and introduce you to many other like-minded people. Ben Franklin got his start with a Mastermind Group. So too did Steve Jobs and many other successful people.
If you are disgusted with your life and want real change, you need to change your environment. That environment is made up of people you associate with regularly. That means, in order to change your life, you need to change who you associate with. When you find the right group of success-minded individuals your life will begin to change almost immediately.