September 21, 2014

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Creating Your Inner Mastermind Group of Mentors


I recently had a chat with a friend of mine regarding a mastermind she’s attending.  Napoleon Hill made the concept famous when he described it in his 9th Step towards getting rich.  A mastermind is simply a group of people coming together of two or more people and using the combined knowledge, experience and creative ideas of all towards common goals.  Health industry professionals may come together in a mastermind to help stop the obesity problem.  Millionaires come together for new ideas to attain greater wealth.  World leaders may come together to help solve international issues.  A mastermind is only as good as everyone being on board towards the same goals.

There is another type of mastermind that can bring together the minds of the past, the present, and in fiction.  It’s called the inner mastermind.

Some experts will use this method to go into the mind of a great person of the past, like Benjamin Franklin, and come up with new or better ways of looking at things.  I’ve used the inner mastermind many times.  And yes, Ben Franklin is one of my mentors.

I have different inner mastermind mentors for different areas that I focus on.  If it’s in the martial arts, I may bring forth Myamoto Musashi, Bruce Lee and/or Sun Tzu.  I even bring forth my first sensei from Okinawa.  In advertising I’ve had David Ogilvy, Robert Collier, Clyde Bedell, Claude Hopkins as mentors from the past.  In philosophy there have been many, and from Eastern and Western cultures.  You can have inner mentors from just about any facet of life.  Yoda from Star Wars is a good example of a fictional character that can used as an inner mentor.

You may be thinking, “How do I do this?” or “How would I use people I’ve never met as mentors?”

My secret in the way I go about doing it is to read everything I can about the person I want to use as a mentor.  There are biographies and autobiographies on many of them.  You may be able to find videos too.  The more you read, the more you’ll learn about your potential mentor.  You can read anything and everything They’ve wrote or discussed.  They may have their personal philosophy on many things.  Benjamin Franklin left quite a bit on his.

Once you’ve done that, then imagine that person you read about appear in your subconscious mind.  Use visualization or imagery to achieve this.  The clearer you can imagine that person, the better off you’ll be.  You can have that person appear in a room with a chair they would sit down in.  You would imagine sitting in another chair next to your mentor.  Pose a question you would want answered and discuss it with your mentor.  This is all about the power of your imagination. Knowing the background of your mentor and how he or she thinks, you should be able to imagine the answer your will give to you.

Eventually you may be able to have several inner mentors discussing problems and going after goals.  Ideas will come pouring out.  You can record your sessions if you’re able to talk out loud, giving the answers that your mentors gave.  Otherwise, write and/or record each session in your own words soon after.

This may take some practice.  Have fun with this method of the inner mastermind.  When you’re in the need for answers, go inside. Once you get your answer, test it through planned action. If you need to, go back to your mastermind and tell them what worked and what didn’t work. Have them help and repeat. Now, go do it right!


Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt” Black_belt.svg-sm
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness

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September 17, 2014


Being More Mindful in Eating and in Life

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I’ve written a few times about mindfulness and as the year of the mindfulness revolution winds down, mindfulness itself will keep going. With the latest stats on obesity increasing, it’s time we bring mindfulness more into the mix to help stave off the worldwide issue. Most people are engaging in mindless activities which also leads […]

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September 14, 2014


7 Things That Get in the Way of Willpower to Achieve Success


For years I’ve worked with clients who had thought that willpower would help them succeed in whatever they do.  While it does work, it’s not sustainable.  Willpower is sort of like a piece of candy that gives you that instant feel good sensation.  It may last for a bit, but it dies down not long […]

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September 12, 2014


It’s Your Attitude in Learning That Leads to Your Aptitude in Life


I remember a Zig Ziglar quote years ago that said “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”  While this is true, it can be said that one’s attitude also will determine their aptitude when it comes to learning.  Learning is a process and what each of us brings into it will lead us […]

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September 10, 2014


Going From Knowing to Know-How: Generating Thoughts into Action


I remember hearing many times the famous quote by French philosopher and mathematician Rene Decartes, “I think, therefore I am.”  While it’s true that we can become something through our thoughts, it’s only part of the equation.  We think in school (at least a percentage does).  There are many people who think. The problem is […]

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September 8, 2014


Breakthrough the Mental Challenges That Hold You Back


Everyone one of us may have faced obstacles that keep us from moving forward. It happens to even world class athletes, millionaires and the average person. I know I’ve faced many challenges in life and lost. I also went back to them and refused to quit until I won. I realized it wasn’t the challenge […]

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September 3, 2014


5 Ways to Living More Mindfully Every Day


2014 is the year of mindfulness and was featured in Time Magazine.  Even though our ancestors of the distant past did just this for the most part, we’ve seemed to have lost this treasure.  Being caught of the pressures of modern society, being mindful is happening less and less. Sure, experts have preached of its […]

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September 1, 2014


10 Ways to Help Eliminate the Emotional Stress in Your Life


Driving on the freeways of the Los Angeles area can be pretty tough and stressful.  This is especially true during rush hour.  Sometimes I wonder how so many people can drive in traffic for hours a day.  This stress is wrecking havoc upon them.  Then when they get to work, they have to deal with […]

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August 29, 2014


The Insider’s Secrets to a Stronger Foundation and Core


In almost every single sport, building a strong foundation is important to sustaining success.  Once I grasped in my younger days in the martial arts, my techniques improved.  So did my fighting abilities.  If you look at the best fighters, they use all of their foundational and core strength to deliver a knock-out punch. My […]

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August 26, 2014


15 Ways to Bring Fitness into Your Life


Since my youth fitness has been a part of my life.  There were the times when I belonged to several gyms and fitness centers.  Those days are pretty much gone (other than training at The House of Champions and the Tempest Freerunning Academy).  Today, most of my training is via my bodyweight and outdoors.  To […]

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