Mastery over self – FIRST.
This means self awareness: understanding, accepting and embracing weaknesses, shortcomings and darkness. From there, not excusing or rationalizing them away, but rather having objective confrontation with them in order to see what can be cut out and what simply needs improvement.
This self awareness also includes being humble enough to understand, accept and embrace your strengths, light and areas of excellence. Not falling into hubris, but looking for ways to make those areas even better.
Simply put: improve or cut out the weak shit and double down on your strengths.
Most of your strengths have a shelf life and if not worked on, will whither and become weaknesses or shortcomings. Your shortcomings will continue to whither and rot if left to their own devices, too.
Self Mastery, then, is a life-long process. It is the antidote to the poison of hubris and suffering from the proverbial plank in your eye when your neighbor has but a bit of sawdust.
In Pursuit of Mastery is just that: documenting the pursuit. It is sharing with you, dear reader, how I am doing it – my thoughts and reflections, my actions. Me showing you that it can be done, regardless of age or the demands of life. But at the end of the day, you are the one who must do the work.
Because I’m not dependent on a paycheck from you so I’m not going to say everything you want to hear.
Because I’m on the path. I stumble, I fall, I have doubts and battle the inner demons… and I get back up and keep moving forward.
Because I’m not perfect and haven’t “arrived”.
I’m on that path. I’m in pursuit. Are you?
No more excuses.