The Mindset of Mastery
Sun Tzu Principle: “All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”
As I read through Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ I came to realise the mindset required for winning on the battlefield is very like the ones used for achieving platform mastery.
Today I want to share them with you, then give you a closing ‘action-thought’ for the day.
Desire. There must be a hunger inside you. Why? Because Mastery requires sacrifice and without desire, the sacrifice simply will not be paid.
Discipline. Doing what must be done, in the way it must be done must become a way of doing things. To achieve Mastery, it requires a strict adherence to the principle of ‘disciplined practice makes permanent’.
Commitment. Depth and power and imagination is released through commitment. Don’t underestimate the power of imagination. Einstein said that imagination was of greater value than knowledge. Commitment is an emotional pledge to searching out and releasing something of meaning from deep inside you, something of power… something that comes from imagination. Authentic commitment simply cannot be faked… and it shows in your message.
Patience. Mastery takes time… but with Desire, Discipline and Commitment the time require to reach it is often cut down. This is linked to the power of compound effect. Patience does not mean sitting back and doing nothing.
Honesty. You must be willing to face your weak areas and do something about it. There is no place for fragile or protected ego’s in the pursuit Mastery. Be honest with yourself. Make strong the areas that are weak and make stronger the areas that are already strong.
Business-Like-Attitude. Mastery has a foundation of professionalism and ownership, the twin elements of business. When you have an attitude of professionalism and ownership in your pursuit to Mastery you don’t try to take shortcuts. You know that the right way, is the only way. Experience cannot be purchased and it shows the moment you walk on the stage and start to deliver your message.
Meaningfulness. The invisible core of Mastery comes from having something meaningful to say. Having something meaningful comes from having a story that connects to your audience and it helps them, inspires them… releases something inside of them that makes a difference… for them.
Here’s the action-thought of the day… Sit down, take 5 minutes to think about your journey to Platform Mastery. Write down your honest reactions to the 7 mindset elements in todays’ Epic Thought of The Day.