In a perfect world, people would feel at liberty just being themselves.
Fear would be the name of a new sprinkle candy-coated topping that went divinely over southern-styled butter pecan ice cream.
And words like, limitations and boundaries, would be overpowering force fills you could purchase, meant only to keep out the likes of mosquitoes, gnats, and flies – or your money back guaranteed.
That would be only the tip of where “the perfect world” would begin for me, but this isn’t a perfect world… is it?
Life has taught me that the liberty to be who I truly am has to be taken; it’s never given — it’s earned by force. Fear has to be conquered and overcome by discovering the courage to face it. And limitations and boundaries must be realized that they were adopted, that they are in place, and then mastered – instead of them mastering you.
In today’s society, we are constantly being told that who we are right now, isn’t enough, and that we should purchase “this” or “that” in order for us to be better.
Rarely does anyone ever sell us on the two forms of mastery, which will get us as close to perfection, than we humans are capable of obtaining.
- Personal Mastery: Mastering one’s personal power.
- Professional Mastery: Mastering one’s craft or vocation (your purpose).
If able to put up the invisible blinders on what professed to buy into, then there’s the risk of losing the other battle; this one occurs more so from within. It’s the battle being fought against one’s own thoughts.
Therein is where fear, limitations, and boundaries set up shop and cause a lifetime of misery for people who are imprisoned by trying to correct the past or either become so hypnotized with creating the “perfect” future.
Why do so many put themselves through this kind of suffering?
Usually, they have fallen victim to the enemies of mastery.
The Enemies of Mastery
Mastery demands every individual that seeks it to be accountable and responsible for themselves, their actions, and the consequences of those actions.
There are six immediate dangers to mastery, regardless of the skills one may seek to master
- The Blame Game
- Being Controlled by “Stinking Thinking“
- Falling victim to the Illusion of Defeat
- Not able to put Trust in the Process
- Steering clear of Pain or Resistence
- Stagnation or Remaining anywhere other than in the Present Moment
Having once seen myself as “a victim” of this type of behavior, I can relate to what she meant.
In my case, I was a slave to my mind and thoughts, because I didn’t know there was any other way one could live. I would only adopt this unaware way of thinking, because it was prevalent in my environment. Rarely, does an individual escape an impoverish mindset, if it’s the only pattern they’ve become accustomed to experiencing.
However, there are those who refuse to remain where they’ve been taught to exist. They are the “cycle-breakers.” They set out to make a new mark on their life path, a mark to do things differently; to become someone they’ve been told statistically was impossible for them to be.
How does one become a “cycle-breaker?”
- Acknowledging a cycle does exist.
- Exposure to new ways of being.
- Preparation, Learning, and Unlearning
Preparation is the way to mastery, but one must master time in order to be truly prepared. (Tweet this.)
Choose to be Patience the Virtue of Mastery
Most won’t invest the time and effort that’s needed to reach the level of mastery. Usually, they are the ones that say it’s not possible.
However, if an individual apply themselves to learning “how” and become proficient not only in their craft, but also most importantly, at waiting; they can become masters.
Judy Martin made a most excellent point in her comment when she stated this: “Hands down, self-mastery especially of time, relationships, the way we manage stress are crucial to success. When we take control of our own journey, it’s easier to also master our true vocation… mastery of choice in every moment.”
As Judy mentioned, every choice made is a determining factor of an individual’s mastery. No one else is to blame or can be held responsible for their decisions. The choice is a personal one to make.
So choose them wisely and masterfully.
Over to you,
Do you have any Enemies of Mastery to add to the list above? Do you agree that patience is one of the Virtues of mastery? Please share your thoughts, insights, or any personal experiences you might have in the section provided below. You never know if what you have to contribute will help someone else on their journey.
Thank you in advance.
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