The volume and energy were electric last week in Traverse City, Michigan! I’m feeling grateful after many months of planning that the details aligned to make this an incredible day.

With this year’s 11th Annual Mind Capture Bootcamp officially in the books, I want to thank ALL our attendees, world-class faculty, volunteers, and sponsors for making this year’s event another success!

I’m delighted to share that the event was not only fun, but valuable and inspirational on many levels for those who attended. Lives were changed, minds and hearts were captured, resources and referrals were shared, and new friendships were made. The feedback we’ve received from both new attendees and alumni has been incredibly positive.

While it’s fresh on my mind I wanted to share with you my Big Three Bootcamp Takeaways from this year’s 11th Annual Mind Capture Bootcamp:

#1: To Go it Alone in Life & Business is Not a Wise Strategy
The adage that two heads are better than one is a powerful statement that most people have heard before, yet often treat lightly. We all face challenges in life, relationships, health, communication with others, and especially in business.

This year’s Mastermind component in the afternoon was once again an overwhelming favorite of attendees. Each attendee and our speakers got to share a major challenge or opportunity in their business or career at their table to allow the group to assist and help them. Folks, this is RARE in business and amazing to watch.

I meet with so many businesses and salespeople who still take a renegade approach to seeking wise counsel from others who might be of benefit to them. They attempt to go it alone. I shake my head and think, Wow! There is such an easier and smarter way to approach the game of business.

In today’s online collaborative world, it’s not only a smart idea to seek like minds who support you, but it’s also extremely dangerous to go it alone. Coming out of a global pandemic in 2020 and 2021 to be greeted by a recession now as we head into 2023 has shown that everything can change, whether you like it or not, in an instant.

Without challenge, imagine how boring life would be. One of the biggest issues many people face when confronted with a major business or work challenge is to step back from the situation, humble themselves, and seek out others for solid advice and assistance.

I can tell you from personal experience that this is where having a “Navy Seal” team of positive, solution-driven people to assist and call upon during the Mastermind exercise is invaluable! The room was full of Go-Givers ready to jump in and help one another without fear or embarrassment.

#2: The Best Trained and Active Marketers Will Win in 2023 and Beyond
Many of our presenters, myself included, talked about making marketing and training as major components for success as things tighten up and competition increases now and into 2023. Layoffs are starting in almost all industries and the pain of inflation is very real. You can’t ignore this; however, you can decide how you choose to respond to it.

It was refreshing to hear how many firms in the room weren’t cutting back on training with their teams. They see the value, even when the temptation to cut training because it often doesn’t show an immediate ROI that’s traceable to sales.

I mentioned many times during my keynote session that you are first and foremost in the marketing business whether you like it or not. As things tighten up and competition gets tough now and into 2023, order takers are going to see their profits suffer. There is a thinning of the business herd during recessions and those who know how to hustle, sell, and market to the best prospects will do well.

It will require a major mindset shift for many, as the past few years money was cheap, people were spending freely, and many industries got cocky thinking that the economic party would just carry on. Sorry to be the bad guy, but those days are over.

#3: A Positive Mindset is Rare & Attracts Opportunities
Every presenter mentioned the power of being upbeat and positivity-focused each day, especially now. Yes, the world is being hammered with fear. However, each day only you can decide your mindset. Several sessions touched on the power of habits and why programming the mind with gratitude, positive associations, and taking action, even when it’s uncomfortable, is vital to business and personal growth.

Unfortunately, most people are addicted to fear and drama and don’t even realize it. They play it far too safe. They diminish their ideas and talents by giving up their personal power to other people’s opinions, the media, jealous peers, and allowing fear-based news and social media “crisis of the day” hype to enter their mind way too much.

Here are my five favorite ways to maintain a positive attitude that several of our presenters also shared within their sessions and during the entrepreneur panel:

  1. Stay in physical shape by walking, getting outside, and hitting the gym
  2. Read and listen to positive books and podcasts daily
  3. Write down and reflect upon what’s going well and what you are grateful for in life
  4. Laugh several times per day to increase overall happiness and mood
  5. Use music as a proven tool to elevate our moods and mindset for the better


So, there you have it. My three big takeaways from this year’s 11th Annual Mind Capture Bootcamp.

Save the date for next year’s 11th annual event, which will be held on November 9, 2023. Our host city and further event details will be coming in March of 2023.


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