September 1, 2017
Five Keys to Mastery
By Jeffrey F. Silber and Liza Vasquez
Certified Master Business and Life Coaches
Before plunging into the details of Mastery, let us define what we mean by that term. For this purpose, Mastery means the possession of the consummate skill set and knowledge regarding a specific subject; and to have full command of that subject of study. What we discuss below can be applied to every area of your life. Certainly, you can apply this to the Mastery of your individual marketing, that is, your ability to bring new clients to the firm. Do not limit yourself in application of these steps to Mastery.
You can apply these concepts to your profession as a lawyer in becoming the top lawyer in your practice area, if that is your passion. If your hobby is playing an instrument, painting, photography, gardening, yoga or running marathon races, you can use these steps to mastery in that part of your life as well.
It is immensely satisfying to know that you have truly dominated some part of your life for which you have great passion.
The Steps to Mastery:
1) Surrender to your passion:
- Figure out what you want to do.
- What is your calling?
- What inspires you?
- Use your imagination in an effective way.
- Allow your thought process to run free, you will get something unexpected.
- Risk falling on your face and know that if that happens, it will be all right.
- Recognize there are things you don’t know.
- Everyone is gifted in some way. It is what you do with it that matters.
- Your one true friend is your passion; it is your real companion in life.
Comments: To be a master lawyer, it must be a calling. The practice of law can never be a job. The dedication required to reach the top of your profession demands that a high power in your life has summoned you to the profession. If this is not your case, it will be extremely difficult for you to exert the effort and dedicate the needed time to truly dominate your practice area and achieve the success you want.
- alent is important but not as important as practice. You have to develop your skills.
- Willingness, Dedication and Tenacity are essential.
- Learning comes over the long-haul, not in spurts. Grow appears to be in spurts but it is based on spending long periods of time at a plateau, which is where the learning takes place.
- The little things you do every day are not separating you from your dream: they are bringing you closer!
- Do not take the path of least resistance. Overcome the barriers.
- Have satisfaction in the doing of things. You have to enjoy doing the details.
- You must be willing to look foolish because a glorious fool is open to new ideas.
- Use your pain and circumstance to fuel your advances.
- Diligent, patient, long-term practice is the ultimate key.
- Don’t take no for an answer.
- The more prepared you are, the luckier you will get.
- And don’t forget to give yourself a break once in a while.
Comments: Those who succeed never give up. Persistence is the key regardless of the difficulties. As human beings, we define ourselves by the challenges we face and how we overcome them. You will be amazed how good you will feel about yourself when you succeed at a challenge you have given yourself.
3) Get a Guide:
- Get a teacher, mentor or coach or practicing will get you very good at doing something wrong.
- Surrender yourself to your teacher, but you are the ultimate authority on yourself.
- If you take from one person, it is stealing. If you take from many, it is research. Take what you need from many people to create a new self that is uniquely you.
- Never stop learning.
Comments: You do not have to invent the wheel. Find a role model, someone who is already in the position that you would like to achieve. Copy his or her behavior. Better still, ask that person if he/she could be your mentor or guide in your journey.
4) Visualize the Outcome:
- Make it real and present in your conscientiousness, not as you would like to have. Make a present done deal and act accordingly.
- Your vision does not depend on other people agreeing with your vision of yourself. Do not care if others doubt you. Your vision is yours and yours alone.
- Your conscientious exists in the universe therefore your vision exists. You just have to get the material world to coincide with the world of your conscientiousness.
Comments: Your struggle toward Mastery will be infinitely easier if you can visualize yourself when you have achieved goal. In that case your motivation will be strong enough to carry you to the end you desire. A long-distance swimmer gave up only a mile from the beach because the fog prevented her from seeing the shore even though she had already completed 25 miles. She later said, if she could have seen the shore, she would easily have had enough strength to continue swimming.
5) Play the Edge:
- Comfort is your enemy.
- Let down your walls and expose yourself.
- Crank yourself up to unknown levels.
- Live between your greatest fear and your greatest hope.
- Don’t let your stakes be too low. To gain a great deal, you must risk enough.
- Create the environment that is more important than individuals.
- Let go of your insignificant existence and move toward your real existence.
Comments: You will find greatness only when you can leave behind the comfort zone of your current life. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Não arrisca, Não petisca. El que no arriesga, no gana.
Conclusion: The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. In your old age, will you look back on your life and be pleased with the choices you made? Or will you have regrets. When you take risks, all you are gambling is a life of regrets against a life of fulfillment, success, high productivity and happiness. What choices will you make?
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