There’s a real-life path to mastery. And it hurts. And it’s ugly. People don’t like it and very few people will ever achieve it. It goes something like this:
This is hard.
(If it were easy, wouldn’t everyone do it?)
I don’t feel like doing _____ today.
(Neither does anyone else. So you can either join them or do it regardless of how you feel.)
Everyone else has more time than me.
(To do what? Watch TV? Hang out at the bar? Sleep in until 9 or 10 am? If you want to master something, you’ll make time.)
I don’t feel like this is making a difference.
(You could go by feelings again and give up like everyone else. Or you could trust the process & all your hard work up to now.)
Almost no one else is doing this.
(And now you’re getting somewhere!)
Along your path to mastery (of any subject) it’s helpful to give yourself instructions:
- Talk to yourself, instead of listening to yourself.
- Ask the question, “What is one thing I can do to make the situation better?” Rather than, “Why is this happening to me?”
- Live by principles rather than feelings.
There. You have it.
Now what are you going to do with it?
*Huge thanks to my friend Joshua Medcalf for sharing this insight with me. I was able to meet Joshua recently, while simultaneously reading his book Burn Your Goals. If you haven’t already, check this man out.