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Mastery: Focus on Something Bigger Than You

The more aware of your intentions and experiences you become, the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power.

– Gary Zukov

The Definition of Mastery


  1. Possession or display of great skill or technique
  2. Comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment.
  3. The act or process of becoming an expert in something.
  4. Humanistic self-actualization.
  5. The process of gaining knowledge in a certain subject or domain, with the intent of understanding the full scope of the subject area. 

Be a Masteryin your Own Life

Why is Mastery so important?  Because it allows us to focus on something bigger than our ego.  By knowing our talents and then applying that knowledge to a field of study, we can help our fellow humans, maybe by curing disease, enlightening someone, or even just providing entertainment that brightens the world. And then others pay it forward with their own skills and talents, raising the level of our human existence.

Wonder is a lovely thing… when others wonder and marvel at what you as an artist, performer, provider, or educator give to the world, it gives you a sense of pride.  Your sense of accomplishment will outweigh your insecurities as you bask in the warm feeling of appreciation.  You will be truly seen for your gifts and what you contribute to society.  Mastery is one of the grounding elements of your Lifestyle Foundation.

Can you imagine the world without Michelangelo’s masterpieces, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,  Madame Curie’s scientific discoveries, Gandhi’s movement of nonviolent resistance, Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight boxing (and public speaking) skills, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, or Mother Theresa’s charity work?  The world would not be as vibrant, full of beauty, grace, intrigue, or progressive thinking.  Can you remember a time when you marveled at a masterpiece or performance? Let us know in the comments below so that we can marvel too.

Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” You can rest knowing that not all of us are meant to be Masters of the arts, brilliant scientists, world-class athletes, and world leaders.  In your own life, you might think that’s a very tall order to match that level of renown.  But what we can and must attempt to do is be the best parents, grade school teachers, builders, bus drivers, doctors, servers, and whatever our calling is by using mastery in that area to add value to our lives, others’ lives, and our planet.

The Benefits of Mastery

The famous author James Clear shows us that there are three benefits of mastery in the creative process. He points out that the Discovery of Self is when our true thoughts and feelings emerge by channeling our energies into the creative process.  When we pursue mastery, we dedicate the time and energy needed to discover our true selves. Secondly, when attempting mastery, you feel Fulfillment, there are moments when you complete a project or finish work and think… “I was meant to do this.  I am headed in the right direction, this is my calling.”   The pride that comes with this acknowledgment is a by-product of continually striving to do your best. The last benefit of mastery is the opportunity for Growth. When people sense your enthusiasm and see your dedication, doors will open for you.  People will spread the word about your creations and achievements. New opportunities will arise. 

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By pouring your heart and soul into your work, you enjoy the process of losing all track of time to create something bigger than yourself.

What do you do that makes you lose all track of time? Leave a comment below to let us know.

According to Marc Rosenburg, Ph.D. and contributor to Learning Solutions Magazine, on the journey to mastery, there are four stages:

  • Novice.  You are new to the job.  An Apprentice
  • Competent.  You can perform tasks to the basic standards.  A Journeyman
  • Experienced.   You are flexible to different situations and seek to customize knowledge and resources to achieve the best results.  The Seeker of Knowledge.
  • Mastery.  You can invent new and better ways to do something.  Through collaboration, research, and problem-solving you create a better or unique way to do something. The Expert. 
Portrait of a confident male and female scientists standing together in laboratory. Two researchers wearing lab coat looking at camera.

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