Personal mastery means that you have a deep understanding of yourself, you are clear about where you want to go or what you want to achieve in your life. It also means that you are committed to engaging in the work necessary to help you get better and stay at a level of high performance. Ultimately you are willing to continuously improve until you become the best version of yourself.
Personal mastery and self-awareness also means that you are willing to be completely honest with yourself about your strengths, your weaknesses and your areas for improvement. Many people expend tremendous amounts of energy engaging in activities that are designed to mask the truth about their weak areas. Often because they are so invested in that and so focused on what is not working for them that they miss the absolute shining potential that resonates from their strengths. As a consequence, they never get the opportunity to grow and develop and ultimately succeed as they should. Here are some suggestions to keep our young professionals on track.
- Seek feedback.
Ask those around you for feedback about you. It’s not always easy to ask and it can be even harder to hear the truth. Just remember, just because you are not hearing it, doesn’t mean that they are not saying it. At least if you ask, you will have some information that can help you to improve.
- Look for the lesson.
Sometimes you win in life but many times you do not. It is however, extremely important that you always choose to look for the lesson each time, whether you win or you just learn.
- Commit to learning.
It is vital that you accept that you do not know everything. It is also equally important that you commit yourself to building your skills, knowledge and your capability. Learning brings growth. It also helps you to prepare for possible opportunities that may come your way in the future.
- Identify your strengths.
Identify what you are good at doing and commit to building it up so that you improve your chances of achieving massive success.
- Manage around your weaknesses.
We all have areas for improvement. For some of them you may choose to spend time in creating improvement. However, for others you may need to have a strategy or plan that allows you to be successful in spite of your weak spot. That’s called working around your weaknesses.
- Enjoy the journey.
You have to be willing to find satisfaction in your accomplishments along the way. It is the surest way to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind to receive more blessing. Also, feeling happiness and satisfaction puts you in the positive frame of mind that will allow you to be more productive, more generous to others and more creative.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live