It all started with a silly picture and before I knew it, I was invited to be part of the Business Bloggers Mastermind Group that Tea Silvestre (of Story Bistro) facilitates.
A couple of hours after that, I attended my first meeting and before the night was over, I’d
committed to writing a blog post every week — for eight weeks — and have it reviewed by the group.
Had I just lost my mind?
It’s possible, but not because I joined the group.
I’d better start from the beginning.
Her approach to marketing resonated with me. I joined her mailing list and “liked” her Facebook page.
I wanted to know more.
It’s not often I get excited about marketing.
I confess that, marketing for me, is one of the deadly sins. Marketing brings the cynic out in me and, over the years, I’ve established a love/hate relationship with it.
Yet, you know what they say, “You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it.
Back to Téa . . .
Within a couple of days of signing up for her newsletter and liking her page, I noticed an announcement on my Facebook wall.
Téa was launching a Mastermind Group for Business Bloggers and wanted to gift a seat.
She believes in paying it forward and, as I came to find out, she’s a generous and gracious host.
She’d posted the link to an article that contained 50 wacky and unexplainable pictures.
She asked those who were interested in winning a seat in her group to come up with a title for a blog post based on a photo of their choice.
It was the final day of the contest and, on a whim, I decided to take the plunge, and submit my title . . . ‘Take the plunge; Expect a miracle.” I went on with my day, not really expecting to hear from her.
Within two hours, Téa had contacted me and offered me a seat at her Mastermind Group. Wow.
Now, please understand. I’m not one who participates in contests and I am that person who has a
hard time receiving.
I’d never even thought of participating in a bloggers mastermind group. I don’t consider myself a blogger.
I’m a life coach and mentor who loves to write. My attempts at blogging are best described as . . . ready, set, go . . . write for a couple of weeks, get stuck, and take a really long break.
With each failed attempt at sticking with it, I retreated deeper and deeper into the abyss of “Please don’t make me do this.”
Very soon, this was about to change.
As I write this, today is the last day for this round of the Mastermind Group.
For the past eight weeks, I sat down, every Monday, and wrote a new post. Every week, I did rewrites on the post based on the comments and suggestions that the group gave me. I’ve even published three of my blog posts.
For me, what happened with the mastermind group was a small miracle.
It’s one of these little things that can happen along someone’s journey that can cause a much-needed and meaningful change.
Usually we think of miracles as something big. Like overcoming a serious illness, or getting sworn enemies to find common ground.
I believe that miracles come in packages of all shapes and sizes. They can be as small as an act of random kindness, a smile, or a much-needed word of encouragement to a stranger.
They can also come in the form of an unexpected offering . . . like a seat in a bloggers’ mastermind group.
When this happens, I’m filled with gratitude. Not only because what I received was special to me. I’m also filled with gratitude for being reminded about goodness, generosity, and serendipity.
The Universe affirmed for me – again — that support and inspiration can come out of nowhere. When we’re ready to aim higher, people we didn’t even know existed, can step in, at any time, to give us what we need and usher us forward.
Over the last eight weeks, I got back to writing and being excited about the process. I learned a few things like:
Bloggers are writers.
Blogging is not for the weak at heart. It takes discipline, resilience, and the willingness to take the plunge every time we sit down to face the blank page.
There is power in groups.
Groups are made of individuals who have different styles and temperaments. What matters is that they come together to work toward a common goal. Sometimes the group is brilliant and other times we may be tired and distracted, but onwards we march.
Groups keep us honest. Givers become receivers and receivers become givers. With a strong facilitator, clear ground rules, and commitment, magic happens.
Opening ourselves to having our work reviewed and evaluated can be liberating. I can listen to comments and make a decision. Do I want to make the changes or not? The choice is always mine.
As of today, I feel clearer about the direction of my blog. I feel that my writing is becoming deeper and cleaner.
I still worry about my consistency, but I’m already thinking of ways to maintain the writing discipline. I’m placing higher expectations on myself and my ability to write meaningful posts because I know that with practice and persistence, I can do this well.
What about you? Is there anything in your life, right now, that asks for a fresh perspective?
Have you been feeling for a while that it’s time to take the plunge and try something completely new?
If you feel like sharing with us, go ahead, post a comment, or contact me directly.
In addition to her work with individual clients, Yota speaks and writes on mindful living, overcoming self-doubt, and the art of letting go.
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