Be The Master Of Your Life

by Dr. Christopher on May 9, 2011

I had already written this post when a day later, I found this review of the book.  I took this as a sign that I had to share it.

The purpose of life is to grow.  And to have a gosh-darn good time along the way. 

The evolutionary biologists might argue it is to reproduce and guarantee life in the future.

Yes, but only in growing as a person, physically, mentally, and spiritually, can you experience the wonder, awe, and presence of life as it is today.

Only by being the best human being you can be, in doing what you love about this world, can the Earth benefit.

George Leonard’s Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (an affiliate link) has reminded me to enjoy that moment today.

Mastery is a process, not a result.  

George Leonard is an aspiring aikido teacher and teacher of pilots (Notice the word usage.  Leonard chose the word “aspiring” although he’s been a very successful teacher and pilot for decades).  As you learn in the book, your path never ends.

Are you learning to play an instrument?  Play a sport?  Be a lawyer or accountant or chef or teacher?  Push yourself physically such as run a marathon or learn how to do the movements in Crossfit?  Or is it simply, becoming a better human, friend, husband/wife, or parent?

Whatever your life purpose, are you attending to it with the mindset of a master?  Seeking to better yourself, but also enjoying your time for the sake of your time itself, not just the goal?

Winning isn’t everything.  It’s nothing. ~ Christopher Stepien (That’s right.  Write that down.  I said it.  Haha.)

Some might think it’s the only thing.

In reality, the more you enjoy the practice, the more the winning will take care of itself, a by-product of enjoying the practice. 

We shouldn’t diminish the importance of the person that the practice of mastery makes us become: disciplined, passionate, committed, consistent, hard-working, and purposeful.   

Our H&H (health and happiness) depend on enjoying the practice and not just the goal, smelling the roses as you walk on the path of your life. 

What are you seeking to master and what are you doing about it?

I’m seeking to master these skills:

  • I read and spend time analyzing (or humbly observing if you will) who I am to master my humanity.
  • I have a mentor and read about anatomy and physiology to master the human body.
  • I eat well, exercise, sleep, and do things I enjoy to master my fitness and health.
  • I spend time with a diverse group of people to master my relationships with patients, strangers, friends, family, wife, and children.
  • I seek lecturing opportunities and joined Toastmasters to master speaking.
  • I practice guitar to master the instrument.
  • I practice awareness and breathing to master presence.
  • I prepare food to master creating loveable food (sometimes all you need is a little garlic and spice).

While the end goal of these processes is important, enjoying today is more important.  You may not know when tomorrow might be your last day.

Your turn …

What are you seeking to master and what are you doing about it?

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mae May 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Well, I read a lot to master comprehension and my communication skill 🙂 I’ve enjoyed reading this. Thanks

Dr. Christopher May 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I’m glad this post as among your reading to develop masterhood Mae.

Your welcome. : )

Becky Johnsen May 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I think one of the hardest things we as humans have to master is accepting ourselves for the person God created us to be…. and appreciating others for their gifts. I have worked with so many young people who have trouble seeing their own self-worth. They measure themselves against others…stronger, smarter, better looking, richer, etc. We each need to value our individual gifts and use them to their fullest! I so enjoy reading and talking to others to get insight into their life journeys, and thus into my own.

Dr. Christopher May 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Becky!!!!!!! What good timing for that comment. I just wrote about Lady Gaga who has the same message. Everyone is special in their own way.

Including you. You always brighten my day. Your life journey continues to inspire me. We’ll talk more.

Dan O'Neil June 1, 2011 at 4:49 am

Hi Christopher, I love this message! I really resist the notion that seems to be prevalent in the spiritual world today… that we are here to learn a particular lesson – maybe because we got it wrong in a previous life etc. I think it’s so much simpler and happier to sit with this idea that we are simply here to learn, to grow and to be. If we spend our time wrangling with all that we are not (the learning a lesson stuff) how can we appreciate the journey?

I’ll begin my list here…
I am seeking to master these skills:
Patience, Listening and Understanding, Happiness, Music and my latest addition to the list is Art (which I struggle with, but happily!).

Thanks for the post, Dan
Dan O’Neil recently posted..Finding it Hard to Build Your Self-Esteem

Dr. Christopher June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Happy that you enjoyed the message Dan! You said it very well in your comment. It’s a good lesson to remind ourselves that life is in control of us, not you who are in control of you life. It brings freedom.

I’m sure you will gain much masterhood with those skills. It seems you already have since you were young. Keep up the good work and continue to help the world. There are many people out there who need it.

Thanks for commenting!

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