90 Day Challenges for Your Mastermind Group

Here’s a great way to put some pep into the step of your mastermind group members.

A 90 Day Challenge is perfect for getting people into action around a topic. Mastermind groups can get lost in thinking and planning stages of any endeavor. Let’s face it — it’s fun and exciting to brainstorm about new ideas! But new ideas aren’t enough.

One of the most important benefits of being in a mastermind group is that you create and implement an action plan, and the group holds you accountable to make progress.

8-Step Checklist for Creating Your 90 Day Challenge

  1. Pick the 90 Day time frame. Everyone in the group should be working on their challenge at the same time, so vote on the 90 day period that everyone will use. Don’t give people a lot of time to “think about it,” or it will never happen.
  2. Have each mastermind group member choose what goal they’ll accomplish in 90 days. Will you all work on the same challenge, like lose 12 pounds in 90 days, or write a book in 90 days, or implement a 90 day marketing campaign? Or will each person get to design their own unique 90 day challenge?
  3. Set the parameters for the definition of success. Ask each mastermind group member to write down specific tasks they will have accomplished at the end of the 90 day period. Make sure the tasks are specific, reasonable, do-able, and measurable.
  4. If it’s appropriate, have each member also list smaller milestones, the date when they’ll complete the milestone task, and how that milestone task will lead to the bigger goal. It’s so easy to get off-tangent in 90 days and breaking down the big goal into smaller chunks will ensure that people have created a 90 day plan that’s actually possible to do.
  5. Have mastermind group members list what resources they’ll need to accomplish the 90 day goal. Will they need to hire a specific sub-contractor? Find financing? Signup for a class? Read a book? Buy workout equipment? Talk with a partner?
  6. Each group member should also list what might get in their way of accomplishing their 90 day goal. Will their family and friends support them or sabotage them? What will they do if they self-sabotage this 90 day challenge through procrastination, distraction or rebellion? It pays to think ahead about what could detour you and make a plan to circumvent the problem before it crops up.
  7. Decide on how often you’ll check in with each other. This type of challenge takes a lot of support and encouragement. It’s easy to get off track, even for one or two days, and decide to dump the whole 90 day challenge project. Checking in often will ensure that small setbacks don’t become a threat to your overall success in the Challenge.
  8. Decide on how the check-ins will occur. ¬†Will you check-in as a group, either in person or on a teleconference? Will you check-in via an online message forum or a private Facebook group? Ask the mastermind group to vote on the best, most convenient way to do check-ins. If it’s not convenient, people won’t use it.

You’ll love how 90 Day Challenges perk up your mastermind group members and get them to achieve something remarkable!

I’d love to hear your ideas. What type of 90 Day Challenge will you set for yourself to create success in your personal and professional life? Is your mastermind group doing a 90 Day Challenge?


11 Comments

  1. Mary WitherspoonNo Gravatar

    I love this idea. Our group is meeting next week and I’ll bring this up. I’m sure they’ll go wild for it because we are a very action oriented group and we do better with challenges and plans. Thanks, Karyn!

  2. EugeniaNo Gravatar

    Great idea; I always rise to a challenge. I just wish I could get some people interested in a Mastermind group. I’ve tried for years, with no success. I think a lot of small business owners are too independent by nature to be attracted to groups, clubs, etc., with their connotations of boring, time-consuming and unproductive meetings, group-think, and other ills.

  3. Meggin McIntoshNo Gravatar

    OUTSTANDING! You are the queen of all things mastermind… Fabulous idea and my brain is already perking along on this…

    Meggin

  4. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    I’m thinking, Meggin, that you could use this at the beginning of every quarter, to get your mastermind groups moving forward with renewed vigor! :)

  5. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Sounds like you’re not talking to the right people, Eugenia. I personally have started several dozen mastermind groups for small business owners and solo entrepreneurs, and I know a lot of my trained Facilitators have done the same thing. I was a member of one mastermind group for solo entrepreneurs which met monthly (without fail!) for NINE YEARS. :)

  6. Brenda BomgardnerNo Gravatar

    Karyn, thank you for your generosity. You share great ideas and I find them useful for a broad range of groups and workshops I facilitate.

    The 90 days is an ideal time frame. I encourage people to identify 9 steps they need to take in 90 days to reach their goal. In other words, it is how to eat an elephant type plan.

    Before we step up to the starting line I like to have people create a vision board with the theme of their goal.

    Accountability is such a BIG piece of the goal and seems a little slippery when getting people follow through.

  7. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    I love the idea of marrying a 90-day plan with a vision board, Brenda.

  8. Leslie FlowersNo Gravatar

    These are spot on Karyn! I’ve been facilitating Masterminds for 7 years and I use every single one of your tips! You are most gracious to share these with everyone. The big question will be … what will they DO with the information! Thank you.

    Leslie Flowers

  9. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    I’m glad you’re finding these tips helpful, Leslie. It sounds like you’ve got some great groups going!

  10. gailNo Gravatar

    Such valuable tips. Thank you Karyn! In perfect timing for my mastermind and one I’m about to offer.

  11. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Have fun with these ideas, Gail. :)

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