The height that a man or woman can take their success is dictated by their self-mastery. Lao Tzu said mastering others is strength mastering you is true power. When I talk about self-mastery, I’m talking about having a discipline around learning, self actualization, and personal growth. All of the super successful people that I know that have high levels of self-mastery and are always focused on expanding their own abilities to create extraordinary results in their lives. Self-mastery is not about perfection, and it’s not about the destination. It’s about your growth on your journey.
A master is someone who stays on that path day after day, month after month, and year after year. A master is not afraid of failure. A Master grows and learns from their setbacks and just keeps on trying. Personal mastery requires that we choose. Making a choice in and by itself is actually a courageous act. Your destiny is shaped when you make a decision. Mastery includes mastery over your thoughts. Mastery comes much easier if you love what you do, and then it requires the discipline to practice, to stay focused, to visualize the ultimate outcome you trying to achieve, and to get outside your comfort zone and take risks. When we achieve self-mastery in a particular area of our lives we get into the flow. That amazing place where everything happens easily and with very little conscious effort. Self-mastery requires courage, honesty, strength, and willpower. It tests our integrity and our character and requires us to sometimes do things we don’t feel like doing but know we should be doing. Leonardo da Vinci said, one can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Socrates said a life unexamined is a life not worth living. And Aristotle said knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. All three of these brilliant men said basically the same thing. Study your life and work on mastering your life. A master is constantly learning and growing. A master is typically a student more than a teacher.
To master any part of your life you need a vision, a positive vision from which you create specific and measurable goals that excite you, challenge you and motivate you to attain them. Then you have to push forward on those goals, develop a plan, and maintain a positive attitude. You must commit to continual practice, because repetition is the mother of skill. You must expect challenges and setbacks and not be derailed by them. You should set small attainable goals and celebrate when you reach them. Self-mastery requires you to focus, focus on the outcome, and focus on what you want, Not what you don’t want. Self-mastery requires passion and willpower. There will always be distractions and temptations but the more we decide to embrace self-mastery the less distracted we’ll become. If you want to achieve self-mastery you also need to be okay with being alone and be still with yourself on a regular basis. Learn to enjoy a few minutes of silence and solitude as often as possible. You need to make sure that your peer group consists of like-minded positive and driven people who are committed to excellence and continual improvement. Don’t allow negative people into your life or negative thoughts into your head. If a negative thought pops into your head. Immediately replace it with something positive. You also need to craft a personal mission statement and decide what values you plan to embody on your path to greatness. So set empowering habits that propel you towards self-mastery. Get outside your comfort zone and embrace the life you know you deserve