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The fact that The Great Pyramid Builders used 20 mastermind strategies means that we can learn from their example everything we need to know about how to create a successful outcome. The Great Pyramid stands today as a monument of outstanding successful achievement and attests to the power of employing mastermind strategies as a winning formula.
What is truly astonishing about the Great Pyramid Builders is the breadth of their vision. Their vision encompassed nothing less than eternity! Their faith in the afterlife was so strong that it fired their imaginations to build a structure that would stand as a living representation of that faith.
The Great Pyramid project was imaginatively seen, precisely formulated, clearly stated and comprehensively understood.
It is only when a vision is clearly seen that you can begin to bring together the means to accomplish it. Without the initial vision nothing worthwhile can be accomplished. It is the starting point of all accomplishment.
The desire of the Great Pyramid Builders to accomplish their vision was total. When a vision is powerful enough it will stimulate the desire to accomplish it.
The Great Pyramid Builders not only had faith in the afterlife but they were filled with conviction that they could accomplish their goal. You must believe in yourself and that you are capable of accomplishing your vision.
The Great Pyramid Builders were completely dedicated to the task. They wrote down their intentions, formed a mastermind alliance and began acting out their intentions.
The Great Pyramid Builders clearly drew up a plan of how they would accomplish this tremendous undertaking. They defined their plans into short-term, medium and long-term goals. They formulated mastermind group strategies.
It is believed that the Great Pyramid Builders accomplished this undertaking in less than 20 years, nevertheless, a great deal of persistence in the face of difficulties would have been required to continually motivate and organise a workforce of 4000 people over a period of 20 years.
Learning from Mistakes
The Great Pyramid Builders drew upon the knowledge of the work of their predecessors. Smaller pyramids had been constructed and the architects were able to learn from the mistakes made by them when drawing up their own plans. They planned nothing less than perfection.
The Great Pyramid has been described as a marvel of architectural, engineering and organisational genius.
The Great Pyramid Builders were highly skilled, highly trained experts. They were master planners, architects and engineers and had superlative organisational skills.
The structure consists of approximately 2 million blocks of stone, each weighing more than 2 tons. Each stone has been so accurately placed that you could not insert a credit card between them. Each side of the pyramid has been carefully oriented with one of the cardinal points of the compass.
It is clear that the Great Pyramid Builders engaged in thinking of a very high order to have conceived and executed such a stupendous monument.
The Great Pyramid Builders created a powerful internal vision. This was a stupendous act of imagination. Throughout history, the pyramids of Giza have stimulated human imagination.
Napoleon, who himself had an active imagination, when he invaded Egypt in 1798 declared: “Soldiers! From the top of these pyramids, 40 centuries are looking down on us.” Napoleon found himself inspired with awe by the sight of the pyramids. He recognised the imaginative force that had created the pyramids.
It is impossible to imagine that the Great Pyramid Builders started out on this great project with a negative mind-set! They obviously had enormous enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude. They knew that their mastermind strategies would enable them to succeed.
The Great Pyramid Builders never said to themselves: “We can’t do this, It’s impossible.” I think that they engaged in positive self-talk. They were engaged on a great project, an awesome vision that staggered the imagination. They must have told themselves over and over again that they were building the most amazing structure the world has ever seen. They kept their vision ever before them, they believed in it and they knew they could do it. As it developed, so did their enthusiasm and I am sure they told themselves and each other every day what a marvellous thing they were doing.
All the possibilities of achieving their aims were keenly felt by the Great Pyramid Builders. They instinctively knew and believed that the goal could and would be accomplished. They knew within themselves that what they were doing was possible.
The Great Pyramid Builders were one of the world’s greatest and earliest mastermind groups. In their mastermind group they had architects, astronomers, mathematicians, engineers, scientists, stone masons, designers, planners, builders, managers and overseers as well as a 4000 strong dedicated and committed workforce.
This Mastermind Group conveyed their ideas and enthusiasm to the workforce to motivate and encourage them in their work on this awesome project. As well as a standing workforce of 4000, they also conscripted temporary labour when the Nile flooded and extra labour became available.
Internal Mastermind Group
All the leaders of the mastermind group had internal role models that inspired and motivated them. Teachers, who taught them their skills, and leaders within their respective disciplines.
The Great Pyramid Builders refused to compromise on quality, accuracy or design. Only perfection was good enough to satisfy them if they were to be true to their vision. They carried out their plans with the utmost integrity. They did not take any short- cuts or take any easy options. They employed their skills to the utmost of their ability.
The awesome wonder that is the Great Pyramid of Giza is a testimony to the absolute integrity of its builders. The stones were cut with absolute precision and were placed with utmost accuracy. They never took the attitude: “O, that will do”, or “that’s close enough”, “or they’ll never know the difference.” The Great Pyramid Builders were made of Sterling character and they refused to accept that second-best was good enough. Only absolute perfection was good enough to satisfy them if they were to be true to their vision.
The Great Pyramid Builders were building a tomb for their Pharaoh. Therefore, the thought of death and the afterlife figured uppermost in their thinking. Like all rational beings they knew that their time on this earth was limited. But they faced the fear of death with courage and with a vision of hope for the future. All their plans were designed to take the sting out of death. By planning for the afterlife it put this short period of our experience into an eternal perspective.
By taking a long-term view we can face all of our own fears with courage knowing that in the light of eternity they pale into insignificance.
The Great Pyramid is a marvel of creative thought. There is beautiful symmetry in its design. It is aligned with the cardinal points of the compass and is a symbol of the sun.
When you are engaged on a project of this size and scale, especially a building project with a task force of over 4000 people, it becomes absolutely essential to be flexible and adaptable. People become sick or are injured. The seasons change, therefore work patterns change, needs change and a flexible approach that takes into account all these factors, the ebb and flow entailed in a project like this is of necessity imposed on you.
The idea that slaves built the Great Pyramid, being driven by the whip of inflexible taskmasters would have been a very ineffective method of creating this huge structure. This approach is completely out of character with all that we know and understand about the character of the Great Pyramid Builders.
Instead, skilled managers and overseers were appointed to co-ordinate and supervise highly skilled and trained craftsmen and labourers in tightly knit teams of dedicated paid men to allow for the flexibility required in producing the Great Pyramid.
Paul McKenna in his book: Change Your Life in Seven Days, says: “the most powerful person in any group is invariably the most flexible. The individual who has the most ways of looking at things has the most choices, and hence the greatest possibility of controlling the outcome of any situation.” P93
The Great Pyramid Builders were enthusiastic about what they were seeking to accomplish. They knew that the project was immense and would take many years to complete. They took great pride in what they were doing and in the exercise of their skills. Imagine their feelings as the Great Pyramid began to take shape, as they supervised and organised its construction with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy. Can you imagine the enormous pride they felt as they saw their grand vision actually becoming reality?
No one can create perfection in design, engineering, organisation and mathematical precision without being imbued with a great love for the task. If you love what you do then no detail is too much trouble. You will bring your utmost of skill, time, energy and enthusiasm to its creation. Perfection or excellence will be the inevitable result.
Action is energy in motion. One block of stone at a time the Great Pyramid Builders built the Great Pyramid. Use the stepping-stone principle to break big projects down into small action steps and any project no matter what its size and scale can become manageable and achievable. Every day you must think about motivating yourself to take action towards fulfilling your goals. Did the Great Pyramid Builders put this principle into effect? They planned their work and they worked their plan, They used the principle to such good effect that they took less than 20 years to complete the project. They were energised and highly motivated to take action every day to complete the project.
To understand the enormous scale of the project is almost impossible. They created and moved 2 million, 2-ton blocks of stone into precise position. Experts are still baffled today as to how exactly this was done. It was 145.75M (481ft) high. The area covered by the Great Pyramid can accommodate St Peter’s in Rome, the Cathedral’s of Florence and Milan, Westminster Abbey and St.Paul’s Cathedral, which by itself took 35 years to complete.
But no matter how great the project, you can learn from the Great Pyramid Builders to build your project one stone at a time.