“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four
sharpening the axe.”
Those who refuse to acknowledge, or either, who don’t see the necessity to sharpen themselves on a regular basis are likely to be consumed by the ever-changing tides of life.
They pay very little attention to the signs life deliver to them, ignore what’s blatantly staring them in the face, and will usually end up paying dearly for it in the end.
Unfortunately, I used to be one of them; I was forever finding myself being tossed about by a typhoon of emotions, whenever one of life’s situations caught me unprepared or mentally disconnected with reality.
In this part of the series, I will be sharing three critical guidelines that have proven to be most effective for me on this journey of mastering life. Each of them was guidelines I had to learn from extremely painful lessons that could have been avoided had I taken the necessary steps and time to sharpen myself.
Before I share these critical tips however, let me share with you a personal experience that rendered me with one of these invaluable keys of wisdom.
Vulnerable Bridges Burned
About two years ago, I received a call, from an individual I really admired and trusted. I was asked to do something that didn’t sit quite well within me, I politely declined, and thought it was over.
Approximately two months later, and consequently two days after my mother’s funeral, I received another call, (who had close ties with the first call) where I was accused of doing something I hadn’t done. We exchanged a few UN-pleasantries, which signaled to me that the relationship was over, as soon as the call would end.
I then assumed that the first caller would step up to defend my character. We had had a bit more history together, so I just knew they were going to stand up for me and be the voice of reasoning.
Not only did they not speak up on my behalf, but they would also join the side of my accuser. I was crushed and livid. My word didn’t mean much to either of them.
My mind immediately ran back to that initial first call, and I remembered that my intuition had set off several inner alarms that something wasn’t quite right. While it has never been confirmed, it felt like they had conspired against me, and I had already been appointed to be their sitting duck.
Master Life Lesson: My point is this, in being a master of one’s life, you must be conscious of protecting your character at all cost and having a heightened intuitiveness by studying to show thyself who you really are.
Focus on Training Your Focus
If you cannot master your focus, you will not master yourself. (Tweet this.)
The first guidelines will prepare you for the challenges you will have to face, either, today or tomorrow – the point here is always to be prepared for what’s to come.
You are to train yourself to use the past only for the lessons it has to offer you.
It will be your responsibility to know what you must do in any given situation. Never rely on anyone to teach you what you may have to teach to yourself. Listen intently to your intuition. It is constantly telling you where to apply yourself and your focus.
The trap that many have fallen into is thinking they are locked into an environment that is no longer serving their best interest.
An environment is not a prison, you are free to leave it whenever you so choose.
Even if, leaving it is impossible, there can changes an individual can take to ensure they aren’t being influenced negatively by their environment. If the environment you’re in is keeping you from experiencing growth (physically, mentally, or spiritually), remove yourself (even if it’s only mentally) and expand your territory, immediately.
This will require an individual’s focused attention on one’s “circle of trust” at all times.
Masters lead and influence others. They are lead only by Forces Higher than themselves. (Tweet this.)
The second guideline is meant to steer you clear of the dangers you consciously notice, as well as, unseen dangers.
In part one; we discovered that the seeker of mastery ultimately becomes devotes their lives, gifts, and talents to serving others. They feel an inner conviction to give wholly of themselves what they believe has been divinely given to them by a Higher Power or Source of Power. Many masters throughout history believe they have received a Higher Calling, or have been given Meaning in Life or Deeper Purpose.
Masters aren’t easily persuaded by the crowd. They aren’t driven by the masses or followers. They have learned to have devotion to only their craft or purpose in life. They don’t follow anyone else’s rules, plans, or agendas for their lives.
Self-mastery means an individual has made new rules for their lives. They are constantly improving upon their plans, and using their experiences to revitalize their agenda, by doing things better than they’ve been done in the past.
They are trailblazers. They don’t follow the paths of others. They create their own path, and stay loyal to it.
Resources – Use Them, or Lose Them
One’s resources are unlimited and should be used masterfully to blaze your unique path to mastery. (Tweet this.)
The final guideline I’d like to leave you with is about what to take into consideration about the sharpening part of the process – your resources. What are your resources?
Resources are anything applicable that can potentially move you forward on your journey.
Here is another vehicle to push and individual towards mastery that could go overlooked and seen instead as an obstacle.
Initially, you must come to see everything and everyone around you as a potential resource. The journey towards mastery is filled with uncertainty. As I mention before, mindfulness is the cornerstone of mastery. With intention directed awareness, you will be able to be more attentively to the intuitive nudges that inform you from deep within, directing you on what you should use, where you should go, who you should connect with, what you should write, and so on.
The greatest resource you have however is yourself. You’ve been equipped with unique qualities that only you can bring to the world, qualities that no one else can supply but you.
Use all your resources wisely.
In conclusion, remember this, each of our paths are different and unique. What has worked for me, may not necessarily work for you. Train yourself to use your pain, your past, and other experiences as your greatest lessons. Do this, and I believe you will be well on your way to self-mastery.
Over to you,
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