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How Accountability Helps You Master Your Goals

Master Your Goals


As the facilitator of High Stakes Mastermind Groups, I see lots of driven, organized people.  And they’re reaching their goals through accountability.

These people know what they are doing. These people have it together.  They are executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, trail blazers and leaders. They’re educated, and have big dreams. Often, they’ve made their dreams come true without people believing in them, and without people behind them 100%. Still, they have persevered and made it happen.

It takes guts, courage and no excuses. And the reality is, everyone needs someone, especially when they are setting new goals.

Goals have a way of falling apart when you don’t have someone to hold you accountable. When nobody is looking, you may take it easier on yourself. Nobody is watching, you think, so if you fail, it’s not a big deal.

That’s where Mastermind Groups come in.

Mastermind groups are like having your own Board of Directors. Except you’re not obligated to do what they tell you – they exist for you. That’s the truly cool part. It’s not just having one accountability partner, but many. They offer you professional relationships where the members support, empower and hold each other accountable for their actions. That is the way that members help each other to achieve their specific goals by coming up with thoughtful, useful and timely information that will add value to the lives and careers of group members.

As a member, you’re being backed by and collaborating with some of the strongest, smartest and best thinkers and leaders out there – the people in some of the top leader and executive roles available. Not only are they helping you by feeding your mind with positive energy and fuel to reach your goals, but you’re helping them, as well.  Some people think, “I have nothing to contribute.  These people are way more accomplished than I am”. Well, allow me to stop you right there.  Everyone has something of value to give, over and over again.

We’ll even empower you to contribute- because it’s the cornerstone of your own accountability.  Through accountability we help you master your goals.

The Ultimate Success Plan – Masterminding with Confidants

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The Ultimate Success Plan – Masterminding with Confidants

The journey to the top of your game, no matter what industry you’re in, can be a very lonely one, especially if you are a solopreneur or an entrepreneur. Sometimes, it will seem like nobody really understands you, from the professional challenges you face to the personal and social sacrifices that are sometimes involved with such a heavy time commitment as running your own business.

So as you climb the ladder, it’s exceptionally important to build your personal network of support and confidants.  “Confidants”.  Interesting word, right?  Webster’s Dictionary describes “confidant” as “one to whom secrets are confided”.  I can tell you from my years of Mastermind experience that one of the toughest issues that holds people back from progress is not having anyone to talk to.  And I mean really talk to.

Confidants can help you in a number of ways. People that you meet in High Stakes Mastermind groups, for example, understand what challenges you’re facing, because they’re in the same positions and know those challenges to be true. Over time relationships and trust builds, which allow for the sharing of ideas, solutions and strategies. Confidants willingly share advice with you that worked in similar situations for them.

Confidants are important for every business person, but are even more important when you’re self-employed. This is because for much of the time, you’re likely working independently, or with your staff, without the aid of a corporate headquarters. Often, this means that you have no peers to bounce ideas for solutions and strategies off of. Those you are working with are often not on the same level.

Mastermind group members are often in other lines of work, and they can become true confidants with nothing to gain from your industry secrets.

One final promise for having confidants in a Mastermind group: that it’s an especially good idea to have confidants who are as successful and trained as you are, or even more so, to discuss ideas and strategies with – and to help you discover solutions to problems unique to your business.

We know confidentiality is so important our members sign a promissory agreement. But fear not, you’ll still see the evidence of it – in their success.


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How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

As you climb the corporate ladder, you’re also climbing a triangle to the peak. The higher up you get, the fewer people there are at the top. When things are running smoothly, all is well. Things just tick along as they normally do. But how about when you run into a problem? Then there are fewer people to share ideas with. That’s how Mastermind Groups help you solve business problems

It gets even stickier when you are self-employed – you have no corporate headquarters to rely on for advice, and you have no peers in senior management to bounce ideas off of and to ask advice from.

Welcome to the world of High Stakes positions. Sometimes, it may feel like you are operating in isolation. But it doesn’t have to feel that way.

When you’re at the top, joining a Mastermind Group is recommended. When you’re part of a group, you’re instantly surrounded by peers who think big and act on their ideas, just like you. Let’s face it – when you’re at the top, it can be lonely. You’re working with people on the ground level – and while those people are useful cogs that are part of the machine and are needed to get the job done, they won’t help you to get ahead. They won’t give you ideas or solutions to the business problems your company is facing. They are looking to get ahead for themselves, to earn a paycheck, and to survive from day to day.

Realistically speaking, you are operating on a whole other level. In order to grow, you need to surround yourself with people who are smarter and more successful than you – that’s what will help you get ahead. They are vested in helping you to solve business problems.  Why?  Three reasons; 1. Because that’s one of the cornerstone reasons High Stakes was founded on, 2. When you succeed all members succeed, and 3. Your Mastermind partners know that you will do the same for them.  Win, win, win.

The question to ask yourself is, “Am I committed to my own goal achievement?”  If the answer is yes, read on.

High Stakes Mastermind Groups are made up of some of the smartest, strongest, and best thinkers and leaders in your industries. These people will help you to achieve your specific goals, come up with thoughtful, useful and timely information, teach you best practices and lead you to success. Ultimately, the members of these groups will add value to your life, and to the lives and careers of our group members.

These people didn’t get to be tops in their executive roles for no reason. They have much to contribute. Imagine if you had them act as each other’s allies, colleagues and collaborators? These people will give you ideas for solving problems in your business, energize you and give you the momentum to reach your goals, whatever they are. They will improve your communications skills, introduce you to other people and to new ideas and methods you can apply to your company.

If you consider yourself to be a High Stakes thinker, surround yourself with like people. After all, you become who you associate with. And it’s these people who will understand your issues, support you, provide you with ideas for solutions, help you with brainstorming, and challenge you to become a better version of yourself.


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The Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach

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If you are thinking of hiring a business coach to help you grow your company or brand, you should be aware that a business coach is not an end-all solution. Business coaches are fantastic for many reasons, but you should know that there are limitations to the one-on-one interaction you get from a business coach. Sometimes, joining a collaborative team like a Mastermind Group can provide more benefit, like information, experience, support and accountability that you can’t get from one business coach alone.

The Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach

Business coaches do offer a wealth of benefit. This kind of relationship provides you with an expert opinion and individualized attention from a single person. They can help you overcome creative blocks and find new motivation. They can give you advice about the more technical, logistical and financial aspects of running a business. Having someone on your side, dedicated to your success helps you to improve on your strengths, work on your weaknesses and boost your confidence.

Running a business is extremely tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Having the support of friends and family is great, but a business coach can offer a more objective perspective and help you see the reality of a situation in addition to rooting for you.

What a Business Coach Can’t Do That Mastermind Groups Can

While a business coach can be valuable to your growing business, there are limits to what you can get from an individual. One person can offer only one point of view, one opinion on a specific matter, a limited set of skills and experience as well as limited time. If they aren’t available or if you find you don’t like working with them, you’ll have to put in the time to find someone else.

Thankfully, there are Mastermind Groups.

Mastermind Groups offer an amalgam of support, accountability, education, brainstorming and information from a wide array of people. These groups aren’t classes, group coaching or networking groups. Instead, the main focuses are on:

  • Group brainstorming
  • Accountability between group members
  • Information passed from member to member, not from leader to members
  • Sharing thoughts and opinions over leads and resources

The main benefit of a Mastermind Group is that you have more than one person to help you. Everyone in the group is dedicated to the success and growth of everyone else. Instead of being told what you should do by one person, you can listen to the ideas and experiences of different people, take what you want and leave what you don’t.

Another fantastic benefit of Mastermind Groups is that, unlike a Business Coach, you have the opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts with the other people in the group. With a Business Coach, the knowledge goes in one direction. Mastermind Groups facilitate a balanced distribution of brainstorming among all members.

With a Mastermind Group, you not only get information from multiple people, but you have a whole village of people to support you and hold you accountable. It can be argued that multiple people rooting for you and helping you grow is a better system than only having one person in your corner. If you share your goals and business focuses with many people, that’s more people who will be asking you how things are going and for updates on your progress.

There is nothing wrong with hiring a Business Coach. In fact many people find them invaluable. But you may want to consider also attending some Mastermind Groups in order to increase the amount of support you are getting for your goals.



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About Stephanie | Stephanie Angelo, SPHR, SCP

Stephanie has been a Mastermind group facilitator for various professionals of a breadth of industries, from non-profits to counselors, physicians, financial planners, and college professors, and has been a member of several groups in her career. Contact her here.

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Join more than one Mastermind Group

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It can be lonely at the top.

When you’re in a High Stakes position, you can be operating in a place that is isolated and solitary. You might frequently feel detached. But you’re not alone. That’s where a Mastermind Group comes in.

When you join High Stakes Mastermind Group, you’re in good company. If you’re here, you know that Mastermind Groups serve as a combination of brainstorming, support and accountability for its members.

Also known as Peer Advisory Boards, Mastermind Groups help us to help each other achieve our specific goals, with all members serve other members in the manner of a trusted board of directors.  We come up with thoughtful, useful and timely information that will add value to the lives and careers of our group members.

When you join High Stakes Mastermind Group, you’re being backed by some of the strongest, smartest, and best thinkers and leaders in your respective industries. These leaders are in some of the top leadership and executive roles, and we will act as each other’s allies, colleagues and collaborators.

You know that one of these groups could benefit you and your business. But did you know that you could also benefit from joining multiple groups?

Different groups offer different things and function in different ways. While one group may give you problem solving ideas for your business, others might allow you to surround yourself with people who feed your mind with positive energy and fuel to reach your goal.

Others will help you to improve your business communications skills. The groups can help you make a significant impact on the world around you. Consider it a time investment in your business, your career, and yourself.

Whatever your goal, High Stakes Mastermind Groups are the right place to find those people and start your journey towards the success.


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About Stephanie | Stephanie Angelo, SPHR, SCP

Stephanie has been a Mastermind group facilitator for various professionals of a breadth of industries, from non-profits to counselors, physicians, financial planners, and college professors, and has been a member of several groups in her career. Contact her here.

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