What is that? I used to think that a master was someone in charge, an owner, the boss, the expert, the intelligent one, one with rank or status. This was someone to be feared and to put up on a pedestal.
As I have learned over the last few years, a master is someone to hold in high regards – not just because of what they have done. A master is someone who is confident in their “being”, someone who is willing to get on the path to mastery and stay on it.
This path I refer to is the journey. Anyone can hop on this path. There is no pre-requisite other than a will and desire to learn a new skill. So those of you who have been holding back because you thought it was for the uber-talented or only for those who were born into the journey, think again.
There are a few types of people that may get on the path and yet never stay on the journey. The obsessive types of personalities will more times than not burn out before becoming a master of anything. The “toe in the water” type are just on the path to get their toe wet and have an experience of the journey. Chances are they won’t last either.
The type of people who stay on the path of mastery are those that are in it for the long haul. End results may motivate these people and yet it is the actual experience of the journey that holds the master on the path.
Pick a skill that you want to learn or get better at. Choose a mentor or a coach to learn from. Practice, practice, practice. Surrender to their teaching and to the discipline of practice. Be intentional and whole-hearted. Know your limits and push yourself to enlarge the boundaries of those limits. Stop and smell the roses along the way. Be grateful for how far you have come. Remember it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.
On the Journey of Mastery