Self-Mastery - The Winner's Advantage
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Self-Mastery: The Winner’s Advantage

Self-mastery is the gateway to all success. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, everything is possible.

Gaining a steady hand over your appetites, passions, and desires is the absolute base for achieving anything you want in life. Self-mastery goes hand in glove with self-discipline.

We all know this, yet why do we not do it? Simple. It’s easy NOT to do.

There are endless distractions abound in this world of ours. There’s always something to get us to shift our attention towards something other than the present moment.

“Concentrated observation of one thing shuts out other things and causes them to disappear.” – Neville Goddard

Self-mastery is the act of incredibly sharp focus upon the ideal that you want to be or wish to achieve.

Self-mastery is a VERY narrow set of behaviors and routines that will add to this sustained focus. Think of focus as rays of the sun shining into a magnifying glass. Diffused, they are powerless. But when the rays are concentrated, they become devastatingly powerful.

The following are just six areas that I believe if you master them, you’ll be well on your way to being a great person.

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1. Time Management

Ah… good ol’ time management. It is touted by many as the key to unlocking great riches and treasures. It seems to have a great payoff…but why do a lot of people not practice it? Again… It’s easy NOT to do…

Proper time management is hard. It requires a lot of foresight, some planning… it just…just.. gives people a headache. Why not just skip it and go for the gusto?

That’s great and all, but if you want to achieve anything worth having, you need to know where you’re spending your time.

Why you should give a damn

Having a structure to your days develops a strong sense of self-mastery. You start to see yourself as the cause of things. You start to feel as if you have a sense of control…and that’s a good thing.

How to implement: Start to write to-do lists. Don’t just diarrhea all over the page. Think about what you can possibly accomplish in the time you have.

For example, if you’re coming home from work, you’re not gonna have a lot of time to do all the things that you want to do. You can either complete small portions of big tasks…or you can complete a large task in one go.

Divide up tasks by order of importance (what needs to be done immediately) and ease. Get rid of the easiest things first for those “small wins”. You’ll start to then free up the space to go at those larger tasks in one swoop.

 

2. Waking Up Early

Getting up at some time during the day. Easy? Sure thing.

Getting up in the morning. Easy? Hell no!

The feeling of being jolted awake by an alarm clock is no fun at all… Still, getting up early is another area where you can practice self-mastery.

Why you should give a damn

A lot of people we consider “successful” are early risers. Correlation doesn’t equal causation…but if you find yourself waking up early, you’re in amazing company.

When you wake up before anyone else is up, you start to feel like you have some sort of insight on the world, some type of secret that the earth is telling you that’s for your ears and eyes only.

This again helps you get that sense of control I was talking about earlier.

How to implement: Find your “why”. This will give you a reason to get up earlier and start on your tasks right away. Get some good rest the night before so you feel like you can barrel full steam ahead at the day in front of you.

 

3. Positive Thinking

It’s so easy to get tied up in negativity. There’s a story talking about a robbery, a shooting, or a terrorist attack on the television each day. There’s someone talking about how you’ll never pay back your student loans. The media likes to talk about how millennials are worthless, blah, blah, blah.

Enough of this shit.

Why you should give a damn

Life is a mind game. If you’re constantly thinking negatively, believing that the world is close to ending, then how in God’s name are you gonna do anything? Might as well just crawl up in a corner waiting for the end.

How to implement: It’s very hard to see the bright side – I get that. Still, every adversity or challenge has the seed of an equal or greater benefit. It’s just the seed, not the full blown plant. It’s up to you if you want it to flower or not.

Start trying to find even a small advantage in whatever situation you find yourself in. You can then turn that into a great asset. If you have a negative thought, quickly dismiss it. Don’t “follow it down the path”.

 

4. Anti-Procrastination

Procrastination is the number one killer of aspirations. It’s not fear. Fear expresses itself as procrastination. Everyone fears something…it’s just the question of – what will you do with the fear?

Why you should give a damn

If it’s not already obvious enough, procrastination will ruin your life. Procrastination turns into neglect, which turns into a catastrophic event down the line.

Just remember… you don’t have much time.

How to implement: Always make yourself a “now” person. Immediately act on things that need doing, instead of waiting for later. Act with a quickness and rapidity. You see that once you start to get into the groove of doing whatever it is… it’s not that bad.

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5. Sex

I get: you’re young. You wanna fuck. News flash: Everybody does. If nobody did, we wouldn’t be here.

This is the reason porn is a $13 billion dollar industry.

A lot of people don’t know how to control this desire – so it ends up controlling them.

Why you should give a damn

If there is one driving force above all else in the universe, THIS is it.

“Sexual energy” has been talked about all throughout history. It’s mentioned frequently in ancient texts such as the Bible and Taoist writings. The famed Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, had an entire chapter about it in the book. So it’s safe to say…it’s pretty important.

How to implement: The desire for sex isn’t something that can be “damned up”. You need to divert it to other areas. You either do this by having sex with someone or you do it by channeling that extra energy into a worthwhile venture, like working out or creating something. There are no other options.

By all means, keep having sex. Just don’t make it something that drags you around like a dog on a leash. Uncontrolled desire in this area has done more damage to humanity than anything since. Be aware.

6. Persistence

I’ve written about persistence and “playing the long game before”. It’s a very important quality to possess.

The difference between winners and losers is often not of talent. It usually comes down to a matter of persistence, how long someone was willing to stick in there.

Why you should give a damn

There’s a period when you’re trying to get good at something that you will see no results at all. This is called the “Ten Years of Silence”.

Is it always ten years? No, not necessarily. It just happens to be a REALLY LONG TIME before you see any type of substantive returns.

But once you do… avalanche!!!

But the question is: “do you have the mental fortitude and self-mastery to keep going in the face of that smallllllll little .000001% progress everyday?

How to implement: Start working towards your “ten years” today. Find an area that you want to become incredibly good in and give it everything you’ve got. Don’t quit until you’ve achieved the goals for yourself you want to see completed.

Once you start to reign in and “tightrope” your desire to take the fast and easy way out, doing things that lead you up the top level of that slight edge curve aren’t really that hard to do at all.

Action steps: Start today and identify ONE area where you can start to practice greater self-control. Work towards that goal until it becomes a part of your very being.

 

Self-mastery. Easy to talk about. Not easy to do. Pick one of these topics. Commit to having greater self-mastery over one of these areas. Your life will change for the better because you’ll start to get onto the royal road to having incredible discipline and fortitude, making your goals that much easier to achieve.

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