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”
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness