One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. ~Leonardo da Vinci
What’s standing in the way of you reaching the level of success you desire, enjoying a great relationship, or getting to your ideal weight for the first time in years? Is the problem that you don’t know enough? No. Is there too much competition? Not even close. The only obstacle is a lack of mastery over yourself.
You know enough to make significant changes in your life. Knowledge isn’t the challenge. The challenge is managing yourself and your behaviors.
Mastering yourself is the only and biggest goal you need to achieve. From there, you can achieve all your other goals!
How to Start to Achieve Self-Mastery
1. Make a list of the things you should do each day, but aren’t. This list might include things like exercising, playing the piano for 20 minutes, drinking eight glasses of water, paying your bills, flossing, and making social connections.
2. Make a list of the things you do each day, but shouldn’t. Maybe you stay up too late, watch too much TV, smoke, and spend money impulsively. Think about all the things you do that sacrifice your health, career, finances, social life, and happiness.
3. Begin by addressing ONE item from each list. Slowly eliminate one of the negative items and add one of the positive items. Habits are challenging to change, but you’ve developed these habits over time without even trying. Imagine what you can accomplish intentionally by taking the first, small step towards mastery.
4. Have a long-term focus. Negative behaviors have short-term rewards. Eating ice cream every night or watching TV constantly are rewarding immediately. But they can be harmful in the long-term. Adopt a long-term focus and consider the long-term implications of your behavior before you indulge in it. What will it cost you down the road if you don’t change the behavior now?
5. Realize that instant gratification can be the enemy. Why does someone eat a whole 3lb bag of potato chips instead of a plate of fruit? Because he cares little for his longevity or his long-term prospects (at least in that current moment). You see, we humans seek pleasure, just like any other animal. The advantage humans have over animals is the ability to make decisions and not follow instinct. The disadvantage humans have is the ability to create pleasurable foods and activities that are detrimental to long-term success and survival. 🙂
Over to you…
With everything you desire to do in your life, self-mastery is the key. If you can master yourself, everything else becomes much, much more simple.
What are some things you can do today to start down the road of self-mastery? Chime in below!