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Life Mastery — It's a Process

"We tend to judge our life by our outcomes. But life is a process, not an outcome."

— James McPartland

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Life Mastery - It's a process

The results we are currently experiencing in our lives are a lagging measure of our daily habits – our rituals. Put another way, we get what we repeat.

Life teaches us that we do not rise to the heights of our goals, we fall to the level of our routines. On that note, it’s far more beneficial to be concerned about our route than our results.

While goal setting is important, mastering the systems to bring them to life is much more critical.

The most powerful way to change who you are is to change what you do – for we become what we repeatedly do. Additionally, there’s a level of comfort that comes when we realize that our habits don’t restrict our freedom, they actually create it.

Since nobody knows you better than you, feel inspired by the realization that you have access to who you want to become and what you authentically want to experience in your life.

Knowing that a focus on results does not bring results, thinking deeply about these 5 questions will cultivate a process that can have you live into the life you’re being called to live:

  1. What is it that I want for my life?

  2. What is my greatest gift?

  3. What will have mattered most when I look back on my life?

  4. What one thing can have the single biggest impact on my life?

  5. What small set of daily habits will lead me to the life I desire?

Recognize that there is a level of tension between our need for safety and our desire for self-expression. Our tendency to seek the familiar and fight everything that challenges us is a product of our basic instinct to be safe. But nobody ever made an impact by playing it safe.

The more we understand ourselves, the more confidence we will have to pursue what we want for our life (despite what anyone else may say). Like any great skill, the more confidence we have in ourselves, the more ingrained this process of life mastery becomes.


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