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Do you have goals to reach? Want to overcome obstacles to get the things that you want? Well, to be the master of your own success you need to be developing mastery!
What do you mean by “Developing Mastery”?
In life we have to learn a lot of skills. Could you walk and talk as soon as you were born? Well of course not, you had to learn and take smaller steps to reach the bigger goal as you grew. Similarly, when learning to ride a bike you may have started with extra stabilising wheels before going it alone on just two.
If we want to get something, somebody or somewhere in this life or if we would like a certain result, the path to what we want is by persistent repetition. Developing mastery in anything we do takes repeated practice, patience and time.
Persistence means that we unwaveringly stay on the path, never being discouraged by temptations off the course or being put off by the inevitable obstacles we may come across on the way. Continuous motivation is key.
Repetition means that we must do this over, and over, and over again.
“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
“Practice, practice, practice.”
You are doing this right now!
Most of us without ever knowing it are right now practicing persistent repetition in our daily lives. Every day we have constant and continual thoughts that we project to the outside world that change our behaviour.
But is it good repetition or negative ones?
Our thoughts and feelings have patterns, our behaviour comes from these patterns. And this is not always in a positive way.
For instance, how often have you woken up feeling anxious about the day ahead? It may be that you have an important meeting or examination, or a medical procedure that you are apprehensive about.
Firstly, because you are attuned to the negativity in your thoughts, you notice more that is going wrong with the day. All the traffic queues are against you, all the parking spaces are taken. The person who serves you coffee is rude. As a consequence the outcome doesn’t feel as good due to the negative way your day began.
Our thoughts can even seem to attract all this due to how we are seeing the world in such a negative light.
Our behaviour can negatively impact on our health
At the same time our thoughts feelings and behaviours can lead to ill health. For example, when we feel negative we tend to hunch our shoulders and slouch. Furthermore, anxiety leads us to slump our back and cross our arms over ourselves in an almost self protective way.
Not only does this give out very negative body language, but this bad posture leads to aching shoulders, necks and backs. As a result we get muscle knots and tension headaches. In extreme cases curvature of the shoulders, neck and spine can occur.
How can we change this?
Fortunately, If we can think ourselves into illness, we can also think ourselves out of it.
- Choosing to actively change our thought patterns.
- Building new habits that work towards our goals.
- Striving to improve our posture by sitting up straight and not slouching.
- Partaking of deep breathing and meditation to relax.
- Practicing daily gratitude and see the positives in the world.
- Appreciating the splendour of the world around us daily.
- Taking some time out for ourselves to relax.
Finally, remember that by persistent repetition we will get what we want.
Keep on Developing Mastery, and be the master of your success.
Do comment below with how you are developing mastery in your life, I would love to hear your views.
Has this helped?
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