In search of mastery.
To become a master at your art, your profession, or your business is a level we all aspire to, but there’s more to mastery than putting in your 10,000 hours.
Are you a master? Are you on the path to mastery in whatever is your calling? More and more entrepreneurs are thinking about mastery these days. As well they should–as mastery is essential for business success in the ultra-competitive global economy we find ourselves in.
Mastery is a trendy topic too.
Our popular business literature is full of proclamations of what mastery is and requires of people and organizations. I am particularly amused with the accepted idea that mastery is simply the result of 10,000 hours of practice.
How much time does it take to be a master at living your life on your terms?
Mastery of one’s own life is life’s work and there is no limit to your potential level of mastery–it’s going to take your entire lifetime.
You become the master of your destiny the very second you proclaim it. Nobody is going to acknowledge or bestow on you the powers of mastery.
Mastery is a choice you make for yourself about the quality of your presence demonstrated through your own thoughts, actions and behavior. And you can’t behave like a master until you recognize and appreciate the source of your own mastery–which has been with you since your birth.
The signs that guide your way.
Whether you know it or not, you are the hero of your life journey.
Along the way there are signs that will reinforce your belief that you are indeed walking your own master’s path. It requires awareness of what you're paying attention to.
The direction signs always come from within you. I like to call it “oneliness”– a.k.a., your purpose or reason for being.
On the road to mastery, you must acknowledge and follow your own natural inclinations and listen to the voice of your intuition. For many people, it’s a voice stilled by decades of conformity, shoe-horning their life to fit into somebody else’s mold or prescription for how things ought to be done.
Parents, teachers, bosses, the culture, even our own failures conspire to divert us from trusting the path of our own natural inclinations.
Paradoxically, life mastery is unattainable. Mastery is a life-long process