Personal mastery is defined by most as a process of continually improving your Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual self. This definition is a little flawed in my view, as some may take it to mean that they do not already have the capacity to achieve self mastery and that something is inherently “wrong” with them in one of those 4 areas.
After 20 years of practicing Meditation, Qigong and Kung Fu I would define personal Mastery as developing maturity in these 4 areas and aligning your journey in self mastery with the kind of things you would like to change, and feel better about. For me the first step in this process was getting in touch with my own internal world. The Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual parts of myself, that were not what I felt in my conscious mind, but those things stored deep in the body and the subconscious.
Here are some key aspects of personal mastery:
- Self-Awareness: Personal mastery begins with self-awareness, which involves being conscious of one’s thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior. It involves understanding one’s values, strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Self-awareness allows individuals to identify and challenge limiting beliefs and behaviors that may hinder personal growth.
- Continuous practice: Personal mastery emphasizes the importance of lifelong practice and growth. It involves a commitment to acquiring just the right amount of knowledge to allow you to practice new skills that eventually lead to permanent change.
- Emotional Intelligence: Personal mastery involves developing emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence enables individuals to build better relationships, communicate effectively, and navigate conflicts and challenges with empathy and resilience.
- Goal Setting and Purpose: Personal mastery includes setting meaningful goals and working towards them with clarity and intention. It involves aligning personal goals with one’s values and purpose in life. Having a clear sense of purpose and direction provides motivation, focus, and a sense of fulfillment.
- Self-Discipline and being centered: Personal mastery requires self-discipline and the ability to cultivate a regular practice. Self-discipline involves the practice of making conscious choices, managing time effectively, and staying committed to personal goals. Being centered involves being present in the moment, removing yourself from the chatter of the monkey mind, observing one’s thoughts and emotions without judgment, and cultivating a sense of inner calm and clarity.
Personal mastery is a journey that we are all on, whether you realise it or not, and it is unique to each individual. It requires a commitment to self-improvement, self-discovery, and the development of new skills, and mindsets, through the practice of techniques.