Success Starts with Self-Mastery
“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time”. Conor McGregor
Self-Mastery is defined as “the ability to take control of one’s life without being blown off course by feelings, urges, circumstances, distractions etc”.
Do you want to grow, learn, lead and succeed in both your career and personal life.? Life is one big journey growing both physically and mentally. How do we grow as a person? Self-Mastery.
Find what you’re good at and work on it.
Let me tell you a story about the great Conor McGregor. He had a vision, he has passion and he has a purpose. And above anything else, he acted on that passion. McGregor came from nowhere living on social welfare of $120 per week to becoming one of the best athletes in the UFC earning him millions within 3 years. What was his secret? Self-Mastery. McGregor trained in a rundown gym and would work out from 10am to 10pm. His life was to show up at the gym, exercise, break for food and get back to the gym and then finish late at night. He knew that one day his dream would take him to the top. He never gave up. He doesn’t see his training or diet as a temporary contract but rather a life time ambition. He became creative and experimental with different techniques and did things that no-one had seen before.
He didn’t care about anything else and knew nothing else except Mixed Martial Arts. He became obsessed with MMA. This is what made him successful. If you don’t act on the ideas, if you don’t show some self-discipline, then no idea will work unless you do the work. You have to commit to it. “Greatness cannot be achieved without obsession.”
“Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” Conor McGregor
* Mixed Martial Arts is the world’s largest growing sport and combines all forms of combat sports. MMA’s main franchise the UFC is now one of the most valuable sports organizations in the world.
We have to be aware of everything around us. When it comes to work or any goal you are trying to achieve, you have to be aware of your competition, your product, your service, your techniques. You have to be in the here and now. You have to be aware of what people are saying and being responsive to their feedback and enjoying the process.
Again if you look at Conor McGregor, He studied the techniques of his competition. He trained 5-7 hours per day. He improved his own techniques. He improved his leg movement and his left hand strike to take people down.
The same can apply to you, doing what you love -following your passion. What do you specialize in work. What’s you job. Know your market and work on being the best in your chosen field. Know exactly what you want and ACT on it.
Act in spite of fear
Act in spite of uncertainty
Act in spite of your environment
Check out our self-awareness topics here to get you started Self-Awareness Month
Create some rituals
Michael Phelps developed some rituals when he started out. All the other athletes thought he was insane by working out 2-3 times more than any other athlete. If you really are passionate about something go study that field and become an expert in it. Michael Phelps once said “if it was easy everybody would be doing it” There’s always going to be ups and down but it’s getting back up and moving forward is what makes you.
Michael Phelps swimming workout and 12,000 calorie diet are one of the most physically demanding around. His training routine and meal plan are astonishing. In peak training phases, Phelps swims minimum 80,000 meters a week, which is nearly 50 miles. He practiced twice a day, sometimes more, training five to six hours a day six days a week. To give himself some additional entertainment in the water, Phelps listened to music during his long workouts with waterproof headphones providing that extra spark to his workout.
Phelps is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals.
“If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.”
If you look at great athletes or successful people, they weren’t born with a gift or naturally talented. It was the quality of their rituals that made them successful. They went out and committed full time to their sport. When you put the effort and follow some rituals in your field of work and are consistent in your approach to knowing that field, then you can become an expert in a matter of years.
Everyone has got unlimited potential and by putting the effort on you and by concentrating on you and developing you, you can then transform your life wherever you are right now. And as you continue to work on yourself every-day, you will being to see it reflect in all dimensions of your life, your mental life, your work life, your physical life, your social life, in your relationships and your monetary life. So concentrate on developing yourself find something that you can contribute you find something where you can make a difference.
Learning is key; it’s essential in order to advance your skills. . The learning aspect to your personal and career development is so important. Without it, it can be very hard to gain traction in your industry. How will you commit to advancing your learning? First find your purpose, recognize your strengths and you passion and work on it. It could look like scheduling some time in your calendar, and committing to it. Remember small strategies will lead to success.
Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.” — Steve Pavlina
Questions to ask yourself
- What drives me? What makes me tick? What do I get a buzz from?
- What is it that I want to serve to the world?. What is the one thing that makes me super qualified that I want to teach other people?
- What will they get from it?
- Will it change or transform them?
- What makes me jump out of bed in the morning?
- What do we want to be remembered for?