“Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; and if it is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.” – Marcus Aurelius
Kill your ego
Have you ever had that feeling of “I know better than this” or “I know this already, I don’t need more information on this”? Yes? Guess what happens when we think like that, our minds close off to other possibilities. What prevents us from mastering something is not the subject itself, it is what we have conditioned our minds to think about the subject. Therefore, dismissing anything alien to our way of thinking because our ego feels threatened by it, we fail to learn from it. We’ve built up a certain way of thinking about our reality throughout our whole life and when something is telling us it might not be the whole truth, it is normal to feel protective of our reality. However, if you really want to master something, the first thing you need to do is kill your ego and open yourself and your reality up to the possibilities of alternative realities.
Move through resistance and pain
Mastering something will have you experiencing resistance and pain, and it’s ok. It is when you feel resistance and pain that you grow and that you learn new things and get better at what you do. The only way to step out of your comfort zone is to feel uncomfortable. The fastest way to grow is through failure, but only if you appreciate your failures as a step closer to your mastery of something. Like Thomas A. Edison said “I Have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. When you know what doesn’t work you’re one step closer to knowing what does work. Therefore, celebrate your failures as a step closer to your mastery and move through the resistance and pain with inspiration.
Today most of us have a tendency to give up as soon as we encounter the first “this is not going to work” – thought. Some people even give up before they’ve tried something! We live in a world where change is constant and so quick that we’ve got used to a reality where we want everything right here, right now. To cope with the constant sea of information and stimuli we’re hit by every day our minds tend to generalize things, and thankfully it does because otherwise we’d go crazy. However, in the hurry to generalize things we form opinions on limited amounts of information. We accept things as impossible sooner than we take time to consider them possible. We ignore to consider every possible combination as we focus too often on the ‘what’ (didn’t work) instead of the ‘how’ (it can work). The key to mastery is in persistence, keep going, keep refining and you will reach your mastery.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas A. Edison