You’re shocked, taken aback. You nod your head in agreement as a visual show of acceptance, but you don’t really mean it. Then, you get defensive. Maybe even a bit angry.
Briefly, you consider maybe it’s time to find a new mastermind group, because this crazy bunch is trying to tell you to abandon double-digit months of hard work when—who knows?!—you could be on the cusp of a huge breakthrough!
After all, you just need to clear these itty bitty hurdles, and you’ll be all good.
But, no, these yahoos are trying to tell you to quit, to give up, to declare defeat.
W-in the actual-f.
But here’s the thing… they might be right.
Or, maybe they’re wrong, and you really are on the verge of righting this ship.
How can you know for sure?
Your well-meaning mastermind peers forgot something important… They forgot to ask about your 👉 effort 👈
I call this the “Effort Audit”
How to perform an Effort Audit? It’s easy. It’s just three steps, and it takes maybe 3 minutes.
All you have to do is examine your effort. Look at the inputs that you’ve had control over, and ask yourself if you’ve really skillfully executed your plan. Ask yourself if you’ve really done everything necessary to ensure the best outcome. You know the answer in your gut, so just be honest.
Specifically, here it is:
Step 1: List each desired outcome that didn’t work out right.
I wanted influencers in my market to help promote my product at launch.
That’s an example of a desired outcome. You may only have one, or maybe there’s three or four. The number doesn’t matter.
Step 2: For each outcome, outline no more than 3 steps (or tactics) you needed to perform to execute that step.
To get influencers to share my product launch, I needed to…
- Make a list of ten influencers that typically share this sort of product to their audience
- Draft three emails to send to each influencer
- Send the first email, and schedule the follow-up emails for each influencer on my list
Step 3: Finally, go back and cross off anything you completed to the best of your ability.
Seriously. On a scale of 1-10, if you know in your gut that you gave a 9 or 10 effort for that thing, cross it off.
So, that’s the end of the audit.
What does the Effort Audit give you?
It helps you focus on what to do now.
No more wallowing. Just action.
Your next steps are simple: for everything that you didn’t cross off, GO RIGHT NOW AND MAKE TIME TO DO THOSE THINGS.
Okay, obviously this exercise is super simple, but a lot of us skip it, because it feels so much better to blame someone or something else when things don’t go as planned.
Me: “man, I wish there were more shade in my back yard”
Mastermind group: “Did you plant any trees?”
Me: “Well, no.”
Group: “Go plant a tree!”
Me: “Okay! I can do that.”
Group: “At our next meeting, you’re going to tell us what kind of tree you planted.”
That’s the power of a good mastermind group. They should help you question your effort, because that’s usually where most of your hurdles are. Next, and just as important: your group should hold you accountable to giving your best.
And then the real work can begin. The real turnaround process.
If you’re looking for this kind of feedback, this kind of support, this kind of accountability, find yourself a good mastermind group.
If you’d like help finding a good mastermind, you can learn more at MastermindJam.com
There, you’ll find articles to help you create your own free mastermind
, as well as a members-only community where you can join a mastermind as soon as today.
Alrighty then, thanks for reading!
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