Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann
The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. Confucius
The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato
Many of us would say that there is nothing we have ever really mastered. We have not distinguished or differentiated ourselves in any way that causes us to feel that we have a mastery of anything. We are about the same as everyone else. There is nothing particularly different about us. The concept of mastery involves being able to distinguish one’s self in some specific activity or endeavor.
When we think of mastery, we think of mastering specific skills; such as sports; music; writing; specific crafts: technical, business or leadership skills, parenting and others. Once it was common practice to “apprentice oneself” to a master craftsman or tradesman to learn a trade or skill. This continues to be largely the practice in professions as medicine and law. Mastery of a trade, skill, or profession often leads to fame and fortune. Those who master specific skills that are in demand by the “paying public” or the business world will get handsomely rewarded for their diligence and dedication. Professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, actors, writers and others have mastered certain skills that are rewarded with high incomes, fame, and notoriety. Some of these are born with their abilities, other study and learn the skills needed. All of them focused on courses of action that “differentiated” them. While most of us may never master such a field of endeavor, the same principles apply. For any profession or occupation, the more we experience, learn and specialize; and the more we “differentiate” ourselves, the more we will achieve some type of mastery. This always starts with the mastery of the self.
Mastery involves the concept of excelling. Excellence involves doing things above and beyond the norm. If our goal is to excel at something; it is imperative that we “pay the price’, have great desire and motivation, and persevere. Unless we do these things we will not likely be significantly different than everyone else.
The concept of mastery applies to all areas of our lives: spiritual, family, health, recreational, charitable and others. Many prefer mastery in one of these areas more so than in their work and professional lives. The same principles continue to apply. If we want to master or excel, we have to do those things that allow us to do so. This requires hard work, focus, perseverance, discipline and “dogged determination”. If it were easy to do everyone would already be doing it.
Challenge: Is there something you want to master? Are you willing to “pay the price” to achieve this mastery? Whatever it is will never happen unless you do all that it requires. It is easy to talk a good game; it requires hard work and focus to deliver results. If you want it “bad enough”, you can do it! Act on it. See yourself as achieving that which you want to master. It always starts with the first step, get going. You will get one step at a time.
Wisdom: 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
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt: 6:33
We have God’s creative potential within. It is one way we are created in his image. This means unimaginable and untold powers to do, create, and to make a difference. Most of us live life as if we are an ostrich with our heads buried in sand. We choose what we do or do not do with our life. If we want to get more from our lives we can ask God to become our life’s advisor. He knows exactly how to help us achieve mastery of our own destiny.
Prayer: Help me to let go and let You. Help me to have the faith and trust to better live this life!