KC15: Becoming Masterful With Conscious Daily Improvements Episode
In this episode, we’ll consider the journey to becoming a master at any areas of life.
Be it in any of these 7 key areas…
#1 – Maturing spiritually
#2 – Developing mentally
#3 – Mastering vocationally in our careers
#4 – Growing financially
#5 – Increasing in love & service for our family & loved ones
#6 – Magnifying our social contribution & influence
And last and certainly not the least…
#7 – Having great physical health & vitality
The word master is defined as one having control or authority. A person eminently skilled in something and there are other names for the same thing.
Some call them… the guru, the pro, the expert, the sage or the “Shi Fu” as we say it in Chinese. And the list goes on.
No matter which area of life we endeavor to get great at and even a master of, we’ll need to not just devote time but also our energy to it.
Here’s A Word To The Wise…
Many wants to get great at something but few pay the price.
Any idea why this is so?
Here’s what I believe from having spoken with a wide spectrum of people from over 80 countries, I believe that most haven’t got clear on their purpose, mission & vision.
Confusion slows us down and keeps us from living a compelling life.
Think for a moment the small number of people that most of humanity reveres & respects. Names like Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela & Elon Musk come up frequently.
The other main reason I believe for why so few pay the price to become great is because they are afraid to fail or of failure itself. Not realising that by not starting is in itself a failure.
Eloise Ristad said…
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
Did you know that…
+ Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years of age and his teachers said he would “never amount to much”.
+ Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”.
+ Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”.
I could go on and on and you’ll always find this same theme in the most accomplished of people amongst us.
You see… everyone is afraid of something. That’s just being human.
So rather than be afraid of failure… choose to be MUCH MORE afraid of not progressing, of not fulfilling your mission, of not always moving forward, of not seeing your vision come to pass and the fear of failure will seem to diminish in the process.
Now assuming you are clear about what you want to get good or great at and you’re not afraid of failing, you need to daily devote time & energy towards your chosen area of mastery.
Anthony Robbins calls it…The CANI system which stands for Constant And Never-ending Improvement.
The Japanese calls it… Kaizen. “Kai” meaning change… “Zen” meaning good.
Malcolm Gladwell has popularised the 10,000 hour rule which many have debated to be overly inaccurate.
The point here is to be relentless in researching, training, improving, developing and basically doing whatever it takes to get better.
If you want to master the game of chess and perhaps even be a grandmaster in it, you’ll need to master the basics. Learn chess openings, middle games & end games. You’ll need to devote energy to studying classic games. And then constantly pit yourself against the very best.
If you want to get great at cooking, you’ll need to experiment & innovate A LOT. You’ll need to get feedback from those who sample your food. There’s no other way around it.
They say that… every master is once a disaster.
In the journey of becoming masterful, one needs to have consistency and also carry a spirit of excellence as well.
Consistency provides quantity of experience.
The spirit of excellence enables you to bring up the quality quickly.
In being highly conscious of your intention to mastery…
+ “What worked?”
+ “What didn’t work?”
+ And “What’s the difference that makes the difference?”
As we wrap up, I encourage you to be CLEAR about the areas of life you want to be masterful in. KNOW clearly why you want to be a master in those areas and EQUIP yourself on a daily basis with new learnings. And actually apply those learnings going forward.
By being conscious with the above, there’s no other way but UPwards.
Thank you for listening to this episode…