Master Life Lesson: The most rewarding lessons in life are those we learn, practice, teach, and master within ourselves. (Tweet this.)
Mastery is one of those lessons that I am grateful to have stumbled upon, at this stage in my life. The artful practice is one that an individual consciously has to become accountable of discovering for themselves.
No one can direct you to it, you must become the director of your own fate.
As Adrienne, over at AdrienneSmith.net so well put it, it’s “being in control of your own destiny.”
Mastery demands each seeker of it to be patience with its process for their lives. If they don’t have any patience, they shouldn’t worry too much; mastery is a great teacher. The seeker will eventually learn, sooner than later, how to wait for the rewards that only mastery can deliver.
The process of mastery is a daily practice, and continual improvements, is not an option or up for much debate. Choices and decisions are made with intention, and the life of the seeker becomes devoted to serving others.
“The purpose of influence is to “speak up for those who have no influence.” (Pr.31:8) It’s not about you.” ~ Rick Warren
So let’s dig a little deeper into mastery, shall we?
What is this Mastery, anyway?
Well, in my search for more clarity on the topic, I uncovered a few different meanings. Below are three of them.
According to Dictionary.com it is defined as being:
- Superiority or victory: mastery over one’s enemies.
- Expert skilled or knowledgeable.
- The state of being a master; power of command or self-control. (Personally, I loved this one!)
Recently, I began reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, “Where ever you go, There You Are,” which is located in the “Stay Sharpened” section, in the right sidebar. You remember him, don’t you? I shared a quote from an article of his a few months ago.
Here’s that quote,
(Mindfulness is) “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally.”
Mindfulness is the cornerstone of mastery. (Tweet this.)
Any would be master of their art, craft, or skill is fully aware of six key principles.
The first key was mention by one of the Tribemates of the tribe I started over on Triberr called “The Master Life Group,” Dr. Alice Chan. She, Adrienne, and a few others (who will be included in future parts of the series) shared their insights here on the “The Year of Mastery” post, back in the beginning of the year.
I too, believe what Alice mentioned, is an essential key of mastery. I believe it’s also the foundation on which RMT is built. It’s the first one on the following list.
The Six Key Principles of Mastery
- Master (or, know) thyself
- Creative tension
- Commitment to living in one’s truth
- Understanding the mind on a conscious and subconscious level
Why these six key principles?
- We must become masters of who we are, and accept who we are without any reservations. When we know who we are, we know what we are likely to do, and how we will likely react to certain situations. It’s especially imperative that we know our individual strengths, talents, and gifts.
- We must have a clear vision of where we want to go, who we desire to become, and how we plan to get there. Masters are passionate about carrying out their vision. We must be too. Otherwise, we are sleepwalking through life. More than likely, attempting to correct or recreate an experience from the past that no longer exist, or planning a future that will never arrive.
- T.D. Jakes loans us a great quote for the third principle. He said, “Discover what you are passionate about. Your passion will lead you to your purpose.” Purpose is a vital key to mastery. It drives us to improve upon our skill, trade, craft, or simply ourselves.
- We must learn the power of not judging where we are on in the process to mastery. Oftentimes, every adverse condition or obstacles we face are the doorstoppers of creative tension. They inspire our creativity and open the doors for other opportunities; they will ensure that we keep growing.
- We must develop a commitment to truth, and let us not forget to use discernment and intuition in perceiving what that truth is. Truth will liberate us to know our worth and value, leaving us less prone to worry about the process, and more equipped to concentrate on what we need to be focusing on.
- As I mentioned before, mindfulness is the cornerstone of mastery. If we are to become seekers of mastery, it would also benefit us to be practitioners of being more conscious. I have found that learning to meditate properly extremely useful on this journey to enlightenment. I’m not suggesting that meditating is for everyone. It’s more important that we ensure that we identify, understand, and be forgiving of our daily habits. Be more observant of the ”why’s” behind what we do when we do them.
Mastery isn’t easy. It takes a lot of self-discipline.
“Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.”
~ Napoleon Hill
In future parts of this series, I will be sharing the different forms of mastery, the enemies of mastery, the most powerful force we have available to us to keep us on the path to greatness, and so much more.
I hope you will join me on the other three parts in the coming weeks. Until then, let’s make 2013 the best year of mastery yet. I wish you all (as well as myself) the best. Cheers and Blessings.
Over to you,
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Thank you in advance.
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