Have you ever wondered how some people can get huge things done without even the hint of effort?
And yet, others struggle along telling themselves to ‘just try harder’ and get absolutely nowhere!
In the book “You Squared" by Price Pritchett, he gives the example of a fly buzzing around a window pane trying its hardest to break through.
He points out that this is an exercise in futility.
It is made even more astounding by the fact that only 10 feet away there is an open door that the fly could fly through and outside to freedom.
But instead it keeps on hitting the pane in an exercise that can only lead to death.
This allegory is indicative of how many people think they will succeed by ‘just trying harder’.
However, other ways of getting what they want could lead to their goals much quicker or even much higher goals.
Indeed, Pritchett markets this book as part of a package called ‘The Quantum Leap Strategy’ - because it is truly a ‘quantum leap [jump]’ that we are talking about.
“The Quantum Leap”
According to Wikipedia,
“...a quantum jump is the abrupt transition of a quantum system (atom, molecule, atomic nucleus) from one quantum state to another, from one energy level to another.
When the system absorbs energy, there is a transition to a higher energy level (excitation); when the system loses energy, there is a transition to a lower energy level.”
When it comes to human achievement, many individuals do achieve what appears to be a huge leap forward, without an apparent “logical” cause.
It’s not that they are acting illogically. They are simply “thinking outside the box”.
They are broadening their thinking. In math terms they are acting exponentially, as in “You Squared” versus acting linearly (You Plus You).
When we consider exponential maths, if ‘you’ is the number 2, ‘you squared’ is the number 4, ’you cubed’ is 8 and you to the 6th is 64.
In each example we are only moving up one unit on the x axis but huge amounts on the y axis.
So how is this principle applied to human achievement?
Given that human behaviour is governed by the mind - our thoughts and feelings - it makes sense to propose that if we are to magnify our results (which are determined by our thoughts, feelings and actions) we need to magnify the mind in some way.
The Power of the Master Mind
This can be done through the use of the so-called ‘mastermind’ group.
The use of this term dates back to Napoleon Hill’s classic book ‘Think And Grow Rich’.
It is the 2nd of the 17 principles of personal achievement. According to Hill,
“No two minds come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind”
Setting up and using a “Mastermind Group” has the effect of magnifying the mind.
There are several points to be made when setting up a mastermind group.
Firstly, the group should be no less than 3 people and no more than 8.
They should ideally meet in person, but these days they can meet online in the form of Zoom meetings or other webinar software.
Mastermind Principles and Affirmations
The following is a series of affirmations that each person reads aloud upon entering the group.
- I RELEASE myself to the MasterMind because I am strong when I have others to help me.
- I BELIEVE the combined intelligence of the MasterMind creates a wisdom far beyond my own.
- I UNDERSTAND that I will more easily create positive results in my life when I am open to looking at myself, my problems and opportunities from another’s point of view.
- I DECIDE to release my desire totally in trust to the MasterMind and I am open to accepting new possibilities.
- I FORGIVE myself for mistakes I have made. I also forgive others who have hurt me in the past so I can move into the future with a clean slate.
- I ASK the MasterMind to hear what I really want; my goals, my dreams and my desires, and I hear my MasterMind partners supporting me in MY fulfilment.
- I ACCEPT, know and relax, believing that the working power of the MasterMind will respond to my every need. I am grateful knowing this is so.
At the end is the Dedication and Covenant [agreement]:
“I now have a covenant in which it is agreed that the MasterMind shall supply me with an abundance of all things necessary to live a success-filled and happy life.
I dedicate myself to be of maximum service to the world and my fellow human beings, to live in a manner that will set the highest example for others to follow and to remain an open channel of God’s will.
I go forth with a spirit of enthusiasm, excitement and expectancy.”
You'll note above that the whole basis of masterminding is built upon giving, not taking.
On the surface of it, it appears to be almost religious in its style of operation.
However, by stating these affirmations out aloud the participants start to coalesce their minds into one mind...
A mind that is greatly magnified compared to the individual sum of the parts.