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You know you need to save your money, wake up early, workout more…
You KNOW exactly what you need to do, but you DON’T do it.
Because you have not accomplished “self-mastery”.
You’re probably thinking, What does that even mean?
Well, in the simplest terms, it means you lack discipline.
There are two types of people on Earth.
Those that let circumstances determine their effort and results, making sure they never reach full potential.
Then there are those who master the art of discipline and begin to create the results they want by dedicating more effort, hard work, and concentration to the areas they want to succeed in.
Don’t worry though, you CAN become the second type with practice and effort.
I used to let my circumstances define everything I did. I didn’t think I could ever work from home because I grew up in a poor household where my father had to work long hours. I didn’t think I would ever have a stable future or good financial health because my parents spent a vast majority of their money on alcohol and things that DID NOT matter.
I had no idea of the RIGHT way to do things in life, or how to master yourself and get the results you want because I never had a role model to teach me. I had no idea what was required to accomplish this. But against the odds, I have learned, and I refuse to let you feel the same way.
Mastery of self requires you to go beyond what most people are willing to do. I had to work more than kids I knew, I didn’t party or drink or waste my money. I was disciplined in my direction and journey.
Most people will NEVER become person number two. It’s a sad but unfortunate truth.
Luckily for you, today’s article is going to cover EXACTLY how to master your own body and mind and cover exactly how to increase will power.
What Is Self-Mastery?
Self-mastery is the process of continuously working on yourself until you are able to develop and evolve into the person you want to become.
This means being able to control eating habits, waking up at the time you would like to, being more efficient in your work and accomplishing more in general.
It may also mean mastering your own thoughts, not allowing thoughts of fear, depression, or anxiety overcome you or control you.
To realize your potential you must not only practice self-mastery in your actions throughout the day but also in your own mind. The health of your own thoughts and emotions will determine most, if not all, of the results you are getting in your life.
Self-mastery requires continuous acts of discipline that will eventually develop into habits and become part of your personality as a whole. Becoming disciplined will allow you to master your own thoughts and feelings, enabling you to be more successful in what you aim to achieve.
Discipline is not something you are born with or something that is gifted to you. It can only be strengthened by continuous practice.
Ways To Become More Disciplined
Discipline is all about staying true to yourself on the things you said you would do. Accomplishing what YOU said you would accomplish.
If you say you’re going to start waking up early every morning but end up not doing so, you’re allowing yourself to disregard your own word. You are breaking a promise to YOURSELF.
Repeatedly doing this can halt your results, and even cause you to go into depression or lose confidence.
You NEED wins to feel motivated to keep pursuing things. You need to learn how to have self-control.
What does self-control mean? It means that you are able (and willing) to have personal accountability to keep yourself in check. You don’t act on impulse, you act after careful thought.
As humans, affirmation is important to most of us. We want to feel like the effort we put in is justified and will bring results.
The problem with someone who lacks discipline is they will put in the effort for maybe two days and then quit. Then feel like they aren’t capable, when in reality that is very untrue!
You are capable, you just have to train your mind to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Which leads me to my first tip for developing self-mastery.
1) Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
It actually surprises me quite a bit how quickly people will quit on something AS SOON as it gets tough.
If you want to become successful in new areas of your life, you have to learn to embrace the fact that you will learn new things, things out of your comfort zone!
THIS IS GOOD.
I love the timeless saying by Thomas Jefferson:
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
You HAVE to get comfortable with learning new things, and trying different methods, or else, you will continue to get the same results again and again.
Some ways that I have practiced doing this in my life is by,
- Waking up before 6:00 a.m.
- Taking cold showers
- Using checklists and to do lists
- Exercising daily
There are hundreds of ways you can step out of your comfort zone every single day, but these are just some of my personal favorites that have made a huge impact on my life.
2) Form new habits and DON’T quit on them.
This means trying new things that make you uncomfortable, or just might be difficult for you. And NOT quitting on them.
That, my friend, is the definition of self-discipline, and it is absolutely one of the things you can develop if you put your mind do it.
Gah… If I had a dollar for every person that told me they were going to start working on their own business, just to be back working for someone else three weeks later. I’d probably have over $100.
This is the type of behavior that allows you to create the mentality that failure based on lack of effort is okay.
Failure is okay, but failing because you didn’t try is NEVER okay. And you’d be surprised to find out that MOST people fail because they never try as hard as they should or could, not because they just “can’t” do it.
3) Stay accountable and measure results.
You should be trying new things, sticking with them, and being dedicated to new habits and new methods.
But, it’s important to remember, not EVERY new thing you try will be in your best interest.
You may start waking up early every day for two weeks just to find that you’re more tired during the day and aren’t accomplishing near as much. In this case, maybe you should try staying up late to get more work done. Being an early bird isn’t for everyone, after all.
Success in life is never going to be a one size fits all. Stay accountable for your actions by doing them enough to get a good idea of what the results are, then decide what is worth it and what isn’t.
How to Master Yourself Completely
In order to master yourself completely, you must also become more self-aware. This means recognizing your own thoughts and behaviors that are holding you back from your full potential.
For some people, this may be easier than others. But you can start by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings and trying to rewire them in a way that is more healthy, mentally.
For example, if you begin working on your own business and you procrastinate by always telling yourself “why does it matter anyway? I’m not making that much money, maybe this is a waste of my time.”
Then you need to take a moment and reflect on these thoughts and emotions the next time you feel them. Begin rewiring these thoughts by first recognizing where they come from, what they are, and then shutting them the hell up!
Sounds aggressive I know, but the truth is, THESE are the voices and thoughts that are holding us back. They keep you from greatness!!
So in order to fix them, you must first recognize them, then fight them with positive and encouraging thoughts.
Instead of thinking about whether you’re wasting your time working on something, think about what working on this now could do for your future!
One of the most amazing things about self-mastery is that it allows you to replace negative inhibitors and thoughts with positive and encouraging feelings and emotions which will not only change your entire mentality but improve your results drastically.
The art of personal mastery is a journey that is different for everyone. It is accomplished by people every day in different ways and through different actions.
Regardless, we can all gain traction on the road of self-mastery by continuously practicing discipline in our own lives, striving to accomplish things that take us out of our comfort zone, and challenging our own negative thoughts and feelings.
I urge all of you to try some of these things and see exactly how they can drastically change the results you see in your life. I promise you will be surprised by how well it can turn out for you!
Until the next one,
After growing up in a poor household, Noah set out to learn as much about finance and personal development as possible so he could live a better life. He worked his way up from an online Virtual Assistant to now the CEO of an Austin based Media company in just a single year. He continues to learn the best ways to save his money, invest it, and achieve things he never thought possible, and loves teaching others how to do the same!
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