8 Actionable Steps to Mastery

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8 Actionable Steps to Mastery

  1. ACTIONABLE 8 STEPS TO LAUNCHYOURGENIUS.COM MASTERY!THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCELLENCE!
  2. “Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather.”― John Gardner, The Art of Fiction
  3. ! “The heart of human excellence often starts to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” – Terry Orlick 1. THE POWER OF DECISIVENESS AND KNOWING WHAT TO MASTER
  4. WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCEIN TODAY?
  5. A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF…
  6. WHAT DO YOU ! LOVETO DO?
  7. DOES THE PURSUIT CHALLENGE YOU?
  8. SPEAKSTOYOUR STRENGTHS? SKILLS?
  9. HOW CAN IT BENEFIT OTHERS? CREATE VALUE!
  10. #CONTEXT HOW AND WHERE CAN YOU SHARE THIS SKILL OR PURPOSE WITH OTHERS?
  11. “You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work … You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success.”― Chef Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  12. ! “Modern theories about rational choice and information processing don’t adequately explain weakness of the will…. The image that I came up with for myself, as I marveled at my weakness, was that I was a rider on the back of an elephant. I’m holding the reins in my hands, and by pulling one way or the other I can tell the elephant to turn, to stop, or to go. I can direct things, but only when the elephant doesn’t have desires of his own. When the elephant really wants to do something, I’m no match for him.” -Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis 2. GET EMOTIONALLY INVESTED: GET THE ELEPHANT AND THE RIDER ON BOARD
  13. DO YOU RATIONALIZE AND ENGAGE THE THINKING MIND (HAIDT’S RIDER) AND ATTEMPT MASTERY? DO YOU RUN OUT OF WILLPOWER BECAUSE THE SUB-CONSCIOUS OR THE FEELING BRAIN (HAIDT’S ELEPHANT) IS NOT ON BOARD
  14. HAIDT QUOTES THE FAMOUS STANFORD MARSHMALLOW EXPERIMENT BY WALTER MISCHEL CHILDREN GIVEN OPTION OF: 1 MARSHMALLOW NOW OR 2 LATER (DELAYED GRATIFICATION)
  15. DELAYED GRATIFICATION GROUP= COULD REDIRECT FOCUS =BETTER OUTCOMES IN LIFE LATER IN EDUCATION IN STRESS MANAGEMENT WITH FRIENDSHIPS =ENGAGE “STIMULUS CONTROL” + CONVINCETHEIR ELEPHANT INSTEAD OF BATTLE OF WILLS
  16. FEELVISCERALLY WHYYOU WANT TO ACHIEVE MASTERY= GET EXCITED INYOUR PURSUIT
  17. REDIRECT FOCUSINTO PLEASURABLE EMOTIONALLY SATISFYING PURSUITS #HOW TO MANAGE THE ELEPHANT MIND
  18. MEDITATION = GREAT WAY TO TRAIN ELEPHANT BRAIN
  19. ASK THE “WHY” … ! ! GET INTO THE REAL REASONS THAT ACTUALLY EXCITEYOU. WHYYOU ARE INTERESTED IN INVESTING A LOT OF TIMEAND EFFORT?
  20. ! “We grew up in a very creative environment and were exposed to the arts at a very young age, so it’s not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.”- Spike Lee 3. ASSESS AND ADD WHAT YOU NEED FOR MASTERY: TOOLS AND ENVIRONMENT
  21. WHAT ARE THE TOOLS THAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL INYOUR WORK?
  22. TALK TO PROFESSIONALS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY FOLLOWING THAT PATH… ! ! ! ! FIND MENTORS…
  23. “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”– Confucius
  24. MODIFYYOUR ENVIRONMENT TO TRIGGER MASTERY…
  25. ASK: ISYOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT: ! INSPIRING? ! STIMULATING? ! CURIOSITY PROVOKING? ! CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR NEEDS? ! ! THE PIXAR ATRIUM!
  26. When I started writing I wanted the best tools. I skipped right over chisels on rocks, stylus on wet clay plates, quills and fountain pens, even mechanical pencils, and went straight to one of the first popular spin-offs of the aerospace program: the ballpoint pen.- John Varley
  27. ! “One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.” ~Daniel Goleman 4. SUBTRACT THE DISTRACTIONS AND BELIEFS THAT DO NOT ASSIST YOU
  28. THE CHOICE DISTRACTION OR MASTERY
  29. WHAT ARE YOUR DEEPEST BELIEFS ABOUT YOURSELF?
  30. DO YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE MASTERY?
  31. YOU CAN IF YOU BELIEVE…
  32. THE STRATEGY REFOCUS REBUILD/STRENGTHEN NEW NEURAL NETWORKS NEW FAVORABLE BELIEFS
  33. ! If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen?  It will slowly wither and die.  Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest.  You need not fight to stop a habit.  Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.- Swami Satchidananda, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 5. MAKE IT HABITUAL, IDENTIFY THE KEYSTONE HABIT
  34. SET UP STRUCTURES AND HABITS THAT SUPPORTYOUR PURPOSE
  35. I WAS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF KEYSTONE HABITS FROM CHARLES DUHIGG’S BOOK,THE POWER OF HABIT. IDENTIFYYOUR “KEYSTONE HABIT” OR THE “ONE HABIT THAT OTHER HABITS REVOLVE AROUND.”
  36. DUHIGG GIVES THE EXAMPLE OF A WOMAN WHO RECOGNIZED THAT HER KEYSTONE HABIT WAS SMOKING AND AT A PARTICULARLY LOW STAGE OF HER LIFE DECIDED TO KICK IT OFF AND TO RUN A MARATHON.
  37. IF A HABIT TAKES UP ALL YOUR TIME,YOU MAY HAVE TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO IT TO ALLOW OTHER HABITS TO TAKE ROOT.
  38. ACCORDING TO BJ FOGG OF THE PURSUASIVE TECHNOLOGY LAB AT STANFORD, BEHAVIOR CAN BE CHANGED BY WHAT HE CALLS THE “FOGG METHOD.” ! ! ! ! ! THE FOGG METHOD INVOLVES IDENTIFYING THE SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR THATYOU WANT TO CHANGE, MAKING IT EASY TO CHANGE AND TRIGGER THE BEHAVIOR EITHER NATURALLY OR BY DESIGN.
  39. ! ! ! FOGG IS ALSO A BIG BELIEVER OF CHANGING THE ENVIRONMENT AND TAKINGVERY SMALL STEPS TO CHANGEVERY SMALL HABITS.
  40. RESEARCH IN MIT FROM NEUROSCIENTIST ANN M. GRAYBIEL’S LABORATORY POPULARIZED IN DUHIGG’S BOOK, THE POWER OF HABIT HAS SHOWN THAT HABITS CAN BE COMPARED TO A LOOP.
  41. TRIGGER OR CUE REWARD ACTION HABITOR BEHAVIOR THE LOOP CONSISTS OF A TRIGGER OR A CUE THAT SETS THE BEHAVIOR OR HABIT OFF,AN AUTOMATIC ACTION OR A SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT FOLLOW AND A REWARD THAT FOLLOWS THAT.
  42. TRIGGER OR CUE REWARD ACTION HABITOR BEHAVIOR HOW TO CHANGE A HABIT?Strengthen favorable cue-action-reward cycles favoring the new habit/s that support MASTERY ALTER THE ACTION OR THE ACTIONS… AWARENESS OF TRIGGERS SET UP NEW REWARDS, EXTRINSIC AND INTRINSIC MOTIVATORS AWARE OF THE REWARD: FEELING OF RELIEF OR THE SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT YOU GET SET UP NEW FAVORABLE HABITS
  43. BRING IN INTRINSIC MOTIVATORS SUCH AS FEELINGS, EMOTIONS AND EXTERNAL MOTIVATORS SUCH AS A PICTURE, MUSIC OR AN AFFIRMATION ON BOARD TO ASSISTYOU WITH THE FORMATION OF NEW HABITS AND BEHAVIORS.
  44. “Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.”― Mortimer J. Adler
  45. ! “IF, like those with the growth mindset, you believe you can develop yourself, then you’re open to accurate information about your current abilities, even it it’s unflattering. What’s more, if you’re oriented toward learning, as they are, you need accurate information about your current abilities in order to learn effectively” ― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 6. DITCH THE FIXED MINDSET: IDENTIFY YOUR MODES OF LEARNING AND LEARN EXPONENTIALLY
  46. THE GROWTH MINDSET REQUIRES CONTINUAL LEARNING AND EFFORT
  47. THE FIXED MINDSET ASSUMES THATYOU KNOW EVERYTHING AND MAKESYOU BELIEVE THATYOU WILL NOT IMPROVE
  48. “How do you act when you feel depressed? Do you work harder at things in your life or do you let them go? Next time you feel low, put yourself in a growth mindset—think about learning, challenge, confronting obstacles. Think about effort as a positive, constructive force, not as a big drag. Try it out.” -Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  49. IN THE BOOK, MINDSET, PROFESSOR CAROL DWECK EXPLAINS STUDIES BY JOSEPH MARTOCCHIO WHERE EMPLOYEES WERE TRAINING IN A COMPUTER COURSE. HALF OF THE EMPLOYEES WERE PLACED IN A FIXED MINDSET WHILE THE OTHER HALF WAS ALLOWED TO ENGAGE THE GROWTH MINDSET. THE FIXED MINDSET GROUP WAS INSTRUCTED THAT ONLY THEIR ABILITIES MATTERED BUT THE GROWTH GROUP WAS INSTRUCTED THAT THEIR SKILLS WERE SUBJECT TO LEARNING AND COULD BE INCREASED THROUGH REPEATED PRACTICE.
  50. INTERESTINGLY EVEN THOUGH BOTH GROUPS STARTED WITH THE SAME LEVELS OF CONFIDENCE, IT WAS THE GROWTH MINDSET GROUP THAT GAINED SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL CONFIDENCE DESPITE THE INEVITABLE MISTAKES THEY MADE. HOWEVER, THE SAME MISTAKES CAUSED THE FIXED MINDSET GROUP TO LOSE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR SKILLS. DWECK SAYS THAT THE SAME PATTERN REPEATS ITSELF WHEN STUDIES WERE DONE WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS.
  51. 7. FLOW AND DEEP PRACTICE: INCREASE THE SKILL LEVEL AND THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL TO ACCOMPLISH FLOW
  52. “Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience 
  53. I BELIEVE THE KEY TO SUSTAINED MASTERY LIES IN “FLOW” RESEARCH BY THE EMINENT PSYCHOLOGIST MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI WHEN WE ARE ENGAGING OUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION IN AN ENDEAVOR THAT TESTS THE LIMITS OF SKILL AND STILL POSES A CHALLENGE, WE EXPERIENCE INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
  54. THIS EXPERIENCE OF SATISFACTION BECOMES A SELF-FULFILLING EXERCISE BECAUSE THE STATE OF FLOW IS ITSELF REWARDING AND HIGHLY PLEASURABLE
  55. According to Csikszentmihalyi in his TED talk: “There’s this focus that, once it becomes intense, leads to a sense of ecstasy, a sense of clarity: you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other; you get immediate feedback. You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears, you forget yourself, you feel part of something larger. And once the conditions are present, what you are doing becomes worth doing for its own sake.”
  56. FLOW= A STATE OF ENGAGEMENT OR FOCUS OF ATTENTION ON A WELL DEFINED PROBLEM + INCREMENTALLY INCREASING THE SKILL LEVEL SO THAT PRACTICE IS NOT FRUSTRATING BUT ENJOYABLE + INCREASING THE CHALLENGE LEVEL OR ATTEMPTING BIGGER CHALLENGES AS YOU DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS + GETTING REAL-TIME FEEDBACK THAT KEEPS YOU ENGAGED AND INSPIRED.
  57. “Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.”― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  58. 8. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: THE EXTRA INGREDIENTS FOR MASTERY “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” ― Michelangelo
  59. ERIC RIES OF THE LEAN STARTUP MENTIONS THE IMPORTANCE OF A QUICK LAUNCH OR BUILDING A QUICK PROTOTYPE, MEASURING THE EFFICACY OF THE PRODUCT THROUGH METRICS AND FEEDBACK AND LEARNING FROM THE PROCESS. ! ! ! THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU ENOUGH DATA TO PERSEVERE OR PIVOT TO DO SOMETHING ELSE. ! ! ! ! BUILD-MEASURE-LEARN
  60. DEEP PRACTICE + REPEATED ATTEMPTS AND EFFORT: THE MORE YOU PUT IN THE MORE YOU GET BACK. IF YOU ARE NOT MOVING AHEAD FAST ENOUGH, YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT PRACTICING ENOUGH. AND PERHAPS YOU ARE NOT PRACTICING AT THE EDGE OF YOUR ABILITIES AND SKILLS. 
  61. CONNECTING AND RESULTS: ! AREYOU ABLE TO RECEIVE HONEST FEEDBACK ON YOUR RESULTS? ! THEN DOYOU DO SOMETHING WITH THAT AWARENESS? ! ! MANY PEOPLE SHUT DOWN AT THIS STAGE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT DEAL WELL WITH NEGATIVE FEEDBACK.
  62. FAILURE OR SUCCESS: THESE ARE JUST GUIDE POINTS AND POSTS ALONG THE WAY. IF YOU GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN EITHER OF THEM, THEY WILL KEEP YOU ENSCONCED IN THEIR STORIES AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURSUE TRUE MASTERY.
  63. IMPROVISE: YOU NEED TO BE LIKE A JAZZ MUSICIAN AND IMPROVISE. CREATIVE IMPROVISATION IS ONE OF THE QUICKEST WAYS INTO THE UNKNOWN FIELD THAT CREATES MASTERY.
  64. SUSTAINED ENTHUSIASM: AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, WHEN YOU FEEL AND ARE AT THE SEEMINGLY LOWEST PLACE, YOU NEED TO GET UP AND RECONNECT WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
  65. SUMMARY 1. THE POWER OF DECISIVENESS AND KNOWING WHAT TO MASTER 2. GET EMOTIONALLY INVESTED: GET THE ELEPHANT AND THE RIDER ON BOARD 3. ASSESS AND ADD WHAT YOU NEED FOR MASTERY: TOOLS AND ENVIRONMENT 4. SUBTRACT THE DISTRACTIONS AND BELIEFS THAT DO NOT ASSIST YOU 5. MAKE IT HABITUAL, IDENTIFY THE KEYSTONE HABIT 6. DITCH THE FIXED MINDSET: IDENTIFY YOUR MODES OF LEARNING AND LEARN EXPONENTIALLY 7. FLOW AND DEEP PRACTICE: INCREASE THE SKILL LEVEL AND THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL TO ACCOMPLISH FLOW 8. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: THE EXTRA INGREDIENTS FOR MASTERY: DEEP PRACTICE, FAILURE, ENTHUSIASM AND FEEDBACK ! ! ! !
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