The term Life Mastery seems like a paradox to me.
According to dictionary.com, a paradox is a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Can one really “master” life? To me Life Mastery is similar to the term Time Management.
You can’t manage time any better than you can manage traffic or the weather. So does that mean you shouldn’t try to improve your investment of time? Absolutely not.
It simply means that time is a constant which cannot be managed, but the choices you make in how to invest your time can be managed by you. There are many choices in life that are managed by you and you alone.
The same is true with Life Mastery. Although you may not be able to “master” life, you can master the choices you make in life. You can master your reactions to situations as well as your proactive intentions. Master your choices and you will reap all the benefits that you believe Life Mastery can give you.
Steven Covey has been one of my favorite authors/speakers for many years. He once said:
“The key to being proactive is remembering that between stimulus and response there is a space. That space represents our choice— how we will choose to respond to any given situation, person, thought or event. Imagine a pause button between stimulus and response—a button you can engage to pause and think about what is the principle-based response to your given situation. Listen to what your conscience tells you. Listen for what is wise and the principle-based thing to do, and then act.”
The one not-so-easy step that you can take in the direction of Life Mastery is to master yourself and your own decision making process.
That space between stimulus and response belongs to you. Choose well.
Following are resources you may want to consider…
- Life by Design by Todd Duncan
- 5 Major Pieces of the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren