I want to share with you how to develop a mastery mindset. I believe that your mindset is everything; it is the foundation for everything that happens in your life.
The mind is a powerful thing. It plays a very important role in achieving success in your business and in your life. Why? Because what you think, you become.
Your mindset directly affects your actions. You have to believe that you can do something before you actually attempt to. Otherwise, you will give up. To create success, you need to consistently notice if what you are thinking is bringing you closer or farther away from our goals.
In his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Dan Pink describes mastery as, “The urge to get better and better at something that matters”.
There are three levels of mastery:
Level 1 of mastery is referred to as knowing. People think, “Oh, I already know that”, but knowing is not enough, because you can know what to do, but not do what you know.
The three most dangerous words in the human language are, “I know that.” because as soon as you say it, you immediately close off your mind from learning new information.
Level 2 of mastery is doing. Doing is when you are actually applying what you've learned.
Knowledge is great, but if you don’t know how to apply it in your daily life, it is a waste. Bruce Lee said it best – “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do”.
Level 3 of mastery is living. Living is when you are not only applying what you know, but you are actually achieving results.
The most successful people throughout history have possessed a mastery mentality. There is a natural tendency for people to look at success stories and assume that they happened overnight. Sure, there are some people that get lucky and hit the jackpot right away, but how long that success lasts is questionable.
Very often you don’t see the thousands of hours of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that it took in order to achieve massive success. Tony Robbins once said, “You are rewarded in public for what you have intensely practiced & refined in private”.
In order to attain mastery, you must learn to not only respect the foundation but also learn to fall in love with the process The master is someone who understands that mastery is a journey and a process, rather than a goal or a destination. Failure is inevitable. Challenges will occur. That's the reality of life.
There isn't one person that I know of who has achieved success without experiencing any adversity, failure, or challenge. The difference is that when things get tough, the master doesn't give up. Unfortunately, most people will never understand what it truly means to be a master because they are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
They end up becoming a dabbler – someone who is addicted to instant gratification and who is constantly looking for the magic pill quick fixes and solutions to life’s problems.
A great quote from the book, Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard is that, “The modern world can be viewed as a prodigious conspiracy against mastery. We're continually bombarded with promises of immediate gratification, instant success and fast, temporary relief, all of which lead in exactly the wrong direction.”
The world of technology has created a ‘got to have it right now’ mindset that fuels our need for immediate satisfaction. The question remains, how do you develop a mastery mindset?
The brain learns through repetition. As Bruce Lee said, “You have to master that one kick 10,000 times and practice that one kick 10,000 times.” You need to focus on constant repetition, as opposed to looking for the new kick, the new technique, or the new punch. Without failure, we cannot succeed.
In this famous book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell claims that it takes an average of 10, 000 hours of dedicated practice to reach mastery. Through trial and error, we learn what works and what doesn’t. This is how we acquire, develop, and master new skills.
The path to mastery is achieved through a desire to constantly learn and grow. When you adopt a growth mentality, you believe that your abilities can be developed through hard work and commitment. In turn, this perception creates a love for learning. The master welcomes and anticipates adversity, challenge, plateaus, and failure. They see it as an opportunity to learn, to improve, and to grow from.
I believe that commitment is the foundation for personal growth and advancement. Successful people are committed to mastering whatever it is that they do.
There is no retreat. There's no plan B. They fully commit and find a way, and if they cannot find a way, they make the way. Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter sums it up perfectly: “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
Unlock Your Passion
Passion comes from mastery and patience. You need to unlock the passion that lies with you. Become it and live it every day. When you adopt a growth mindset and keep on the path of discovery and self-improvement, you will achieve success.
Ask yourself, “What makes you come alive?” This is your ‘why’, your purpose for doing whatever it takes that will drive you towards success. Mastery is the only way to achieve success. Develop a mastery mindset.
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