What Is Personal Mastery?
Personal mastery is about approaching life from a unique or different perspective, putting on those paradigm-shift goggles. Sometimes people would refer to it as a journey towards continuous improvement. Continuity and momentum is ideal in a personal mastery framework. There is a concept of Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous, small progressions of improvement. Personal mastery can be seen in this light. It is guided with key principles like vision, personal purpose, creative tension, commitment to truth and understanding the power of the subconscious mind.
One of the most important fundamental aspects of personal mastery is personal vision. Personal mastery when combined personal vision can create a framework or guiding philosophy on how you can operate and live your life. Some people would say that personal vision serves as a guide that would keep you on track.
Followers of personal mastery see that there are great opportunities to improve their growth. Followers recognize that there are many avenues for growth and opportunities like books, tapes, lectures and school courses. Investing in oneself unlocks this potential. People also benefit from organizations in their quest for personal mastery.
Personal mastery is about loving yourself and expressing your gifts to its fullest. Some would think that personal mastery is controlling and limiting one self, but actually it is about understanding your personality. To control or overcome some habits, it would be important to identify how ad why those habits arise. The more you suppress things, the more you would have difficulty in conquering and overcoming it.
Personal mastery is self-discipline. It is about taking responsibility for the direction that your life is going to take. You would slowly realize that you can do anything with the aid of your skills and talents. Discipline would clarify and deepen your perspective in life. Those who quest for personal mastery would develop patience and see life objectively.
Personal mastery can actually help you become successful in life. You can say that you have developed personal mastery if you are starting to fully understand your strengths, talents and your purpose in life. Personal mastery enables you to be inspired, energized and happy with your life. You start to show a sense of commitment in changing on how people perceive life and the world. The ultimate thing about personal mastery is that you would always feel that you are guided and supported by the universe, even if it feels kind of naive at times. I love the word Pronoia (opposite of paranoia) when describing this.
It is also important for a person who is in quest for personal mastery to develop integrity, humility, justice and industry. Actually, these are rules on how we could conduct ourselves professional, socially and spiritually.
We live expecting ourselves to achieve mastery over ourselves with some sort of magic pill but it doesn’t work like that. It’s somewhat like a personality, its malleable like Playdoh and builds up over time. Peter Senge, a systems scientist has said that attaining personal mastery has no shortcuts or no quick fixes. Sometimes it would take a lifetime for personal mastery to be attained. Personal mastery detaches a person from self-interest or selfishness and encourage people towards providing care and service to other people. Also individuals who follow personal mastery see the connections in their surroundings and perceived everything as a whole.
Proactive behaviour is also something that personal mastery helps you to develop. Reactive behaviour like thinking beforehand hand that you cannot do things is dealt with when developing personal mastery. Actions and service that you provide are based on how you can creatively maximize your skills and capabilities.
To summarize it, personal mastery guides you to develop being aware with your beliefs, attitudes and behaviour impacts. It also enables you to accept yourself and be responsible with your own action, attitude, and thought.
Experts would say that personal mastery could be truly gained by living purposefully and by living with integrity. Living purposefully would include showing talents, gifts and strengths to achieve goals and be successful. Living with integrity is by integrating your ideals, standards and behaviour.