True Mastery comes when the gifted passionately practice. You can become real good at any number of things if you passionately practice, but unless you discover a talent, unless you find that you are blessed with a gift, you won’t become world class, Those who do discover their gift, and then passionately practice with it, will have too big of an advantage.
In creating Mastery, or in at least becoming the best you can be, it is important to understand the Mastery Curve. This starts with the concept that practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect. Practicing a bad golf swing does not turn it into a good golf swing. You have to practice doing it right.
This is best done but getting a mentor, a teacher a, coach, a pro. Get someone who knows how to help other people discover their potential. Learn how to do it right.
Then you practice. For example with golf, you get out on the driving range and you hit golf balls. You don’t practice golf when you are playing golf. There is a big difference between practicing and performing. When you practice you attempt to be better than you currently are, to improve. When you perform, you endeavor to be the best you currently are, to create a peak performance, and the highest likelihood of coming in first, or winning.
So you practice golf on the driving range or the practice putting green. With the swing you’ve developed, you hit golf balls. Now you’re going to hit some bad shots. Even the greatest golfers hit some bad shots. When you hit a bad shot, you take a deep breath and then release your breath, your muscle tension, and the bad shot, with the sense of relief that you got rid of that one. Feeling good that you got that bad shot out of your system. Another deep breath adds to the endorphin rush as you realize that you really enjoy having and releasing bad shots.
Because, if you don’t enjoy your bad shots you won’t enjoy practicing enough, to practice enough, to become the best you can be. When you practice, you have to enjoy your bad shots and you have to enjoy your good shots.
When you hit a good shot, you take a deep breath, close your eyes, and re-create that good shot over and over and over again in your mind. Do your best to remember and imagine it with all five of your senses. Let yourself experience the confidence, the pride, the excitement. When you repeatedly practice it in your mind, one good shot becomes a dozen good shots, or two dozen, or more.
So passionately practice, releasing the bad shots, and reinforcing the good shots. Do this and you will continually get better. You will keep getting better, until at some point, you will hit a plateau. Even though you are still passionately practicing, you have stopped getting better. This will happen. When it does you must continue to passionately practice. You must avoid doing the three things that most people do when they hit a plateau.
1. Quit. Some people think that because they have stopped getting better, that golf just isn’t their game, so they’ll go try tennis.
When you hit a plateau, just keep practicing. At some point something will occur to you to do better, and then you’ll start growing again.
This process will continue until you’ve reached your potential
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When the two minds come together in harmony, something magical happens.
They create a third mind, a higher consciousness.
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