This is the quote I have chosen to memorize. I find it inspiring and a reminder to be consistent in being a better person.
“Mastery in our career and consciousness simply requires that we constantly produce results beyond the ordinary. Mastery is the result of consistently going beyond our limits. For most people, it starts with technical excellence in a chosen field and a commitment to that excellence.
If you are willing to commit yourself to excellence, to surround yourself with things that represent excellence, and to pursue events and experiences that become miracles, your life will change. ( When we speak of miracles, we speak of events or experiences in the real world that are beyond the ordinary).
Its remarkable how much mediocrity we live with, surrounding ourselves with daily reminders that the average is the acceptable. Our world suffers from terminal normality. Take a moment to assess all of the things around you that encourages you to remain “average”. These are the things that keep you powerless, unable to go beyond a ‘limit’ you have arbitrarily set for yourself.
Take the first step towards mastery by removing everything in your environment that represents mediocrity, removing your arbetrary limits. Try surrounding yourself with friends who ask omore of you than you do. Didn’t some of your best teachers, your coaches, your parents expect more from you?
On the path to mastery, erase any resentment you have towards masters. Develop compassion for yourself so that you can be in the presence of masters and grow from the experience. Rather than comparing yourself and resenting people who have mastery, remain open and receptive; let the experience be like the planting of a seed within you that, with nourishment, it will grow into your own individual mastery.
Correction is essential to power and mastery. You see, we are all ordinary. But a master, rather than condemning himself for his “ordinariness”, will embrace his ordinariness and use it as a foundation for building the extraordinary.
Instead of giving up, as many ordinary people do, he will use his ordinariness to correct his errors, which is essential in the process of attaining mastery. You must be able to correct yourself without invalidating or condemning yourself, to accept results and improve upon them. Correct, don’t protect.”