Before I get into how the MasterMind Matrix was created, let me first give you a little background of the events that took place that inspired its creation.
My Personal Development Journey
For years I read all the self-help books, attended many seminars, listened to more personal development programs that I could count. I was trying to understand why life was always pushing me under the bus. I mean… at the time I was working extremely hard trying to achieve my goals and thinking I was doing all the right things. But for some reason or another, I continued to struggle.
Looking back at myself at the time, I was filled with many insecurities, fears, and broken dreams. I wanted life to get better, and I felt that I needed to fill that void by collecting as much information about my PROBLEMS as I could. In other words, I was looking for answers. But in reality, all that I was doing was just collecting information.
Putting my learning into practice was just not yet part of my psychology. I just wanted to collect, organize and gain as much knowledge about everything pertaining to the psychology of achievement. I was hoping that this would one day help me achieve my goals.
I figured that if I knew everything that there was to know, that I would eventually one day act on that knowledge. I learned later, that unfortunately, that’s not how life works.
My Journey Toward Life Coaching
A few years down the track I decided to become a Life Coach. My studies at the Life Coaching Institute of Australia gave me practical experience and the confidence and “push” I needed to begin applying what I was learning, and putting that knowledge into practice.
The development of the MasterMind Matrix began as I was undertaking my studies at the Life Coaching Institute. What I learned at the Institute was extraordinary, however, there were so many gaps within this knowledge-base (and within all the information I had collected up to that point) that I was often left feeling frustrated trying to figure out how all the pieces of our psychological puzzle fit together.
What I was looking for was a diagram of some sort that would piece everything together in a structured way. But, I just couldn’t find one.
Developing the MasterMind Matrix
One night in 2006, I was sitting on my computer at home and decided to try my luck creating a simple diagram that pieced a few key components of this information together.
The original chart was composed of only 30 to 40 pieces. It did, however, present me with a starting point. It gave me something to work with.
I would spend the next 12 months (mainly evenings, nights and the very early hours of the morning) plowing through my notes and piecing together the MasterMind Matrix one very small step at a time.
As I continued to expand the MasterMind Matrix, I came to the realization that many pieces were still missing. I, therefore, undertook further research, read more books, listened to just about every self-help program I could get my hands on to ensure that no stone would remain unturned.
I instinctively believed that the information these self-help Gurus were sharing could be pieced together into an easy to understand format that would ultimately lay down the building blocks of a framework for high achievement.
By early 2007 the MasterMind Matrix had grown out of control and became a dominating part of my bedroom wall.
I posted the MasterMind Matrix right on the wall beside my bed so that it would always be at the forefront of my mind morning and night.
The chart was still, however, rather rough around the edges. But the main pieces were certainly in place.
Over a period of two years (moving into 2009) I updated the chart with new snippets of information from books, NLP courses, personal experience, and through working with life coaching clients. Surprisingly, just about everything I was learning seemed to fit seamlessly into the chart. I really felt as though I was onto something.
In 2008 I launched the IQ Matrix blog, which is essentially built upon 400+ self-growth mind maps that are directly connected to specific segments of the MasterMind Matrix.
The original purpose of each mind map was to expand areas of the MasterMind Matrix in greater depth and detail. These individual maps would provide a comprehensive overview of what it took to achieve success in any field of endeavor. While the MasterMind Matrix would provide a big picture overview — showing how all the maps are interconnected.
I launched the first official public version of the MasterMind Matrix chart in 2010. Since then I have released 4 additional updated versions (see image below).
I often look back at the MasterMind Matrix and wonder how it all came together. The answer I get is: One very small piece at a time.
Could this short statement hold the greatest secret to a lifetime of achievement?
Let’s Get Started
So let’s now jump into a discussion about each segment of the MasterMind Matrix and its individual components. Please click on the button below to get the journey started as we begin our exploration with a look at Perceptual Influences.