Self Mastery can only come from understanding yourself.
“I understand myself therefore I can create a better life for myself.”
This is a spiritual mindset. Now, in the physical world, such as improving physical levels of fitness, a mindset could be “I can improve my physical performance and I know that my will to create better outcomes can manifest a stronger performance for the benefit of my own self-satisfaction.” A bit wordy, but you get the message.
I’d like to share some visualising techniques. Let me give the example of fitness goals.
Let’s say the goal is for you to get stronger, to squat and/or to deadlift more.
Self-mastery in this case is a mindset where you are mastering your own personal strength.
Bare in mind that the longer you go to the gym and the more experienced you are, the more you are able to master your performance. This is only because you are now able to know the distinction between the mind and the body, known as the “mind/body connection”.
Emotion and action
A good way of manifesting your goals through self-mastery is to understand the difference between emotions and action.
An emotion can fuel an action. And more than often does.
“I am at the gym and I am getting stronger and getting fitter”
Apply that feeling of self-satisfaction to a mindset where you are yourself and mastering the art of getting stronger and you find that your authentic being and your desire to grow and improve are in sync.
By deconstructing what I just said, you can find three of my values:
- Desire to grow and improve
Breaking down the mindset
Self-mastery can be seen as a form of self-actualization.
If a habit stems from a desire to self-actualize, then we must believe that we are fully self actualised in our worthiness.
Back to the example of getting stronger at the gym: you are worthy of fitness success. In your desire towards excelling and improving your physical performance, what will your mind and emotions look like when you are performing at your optimal level of fitness?
By deconstructing the emotions that you have towards your performance, you can break down the habits you have towards your goals.
Mine would be:
I believe that only I can respect myself enough to go after my goals
I believe that by going to the gym I am increasing my levels of fitness
I thus believe that my self-respect comes from being true to my vision of a fitter happier self
These beliefs would separate my physical often-times lazy self from my mentally committed self.
As I am doing the exercise, I notice that the power of my mind is way stronger than I thought when I am going through my gruelling workouts.
The basic emotion of my commitment is being brave. I love this feeling.
The emotion is being brave.
Emotion versus Passion
I have developed my passion for fitness where I am stronger, faster, fitter than I have ever been.
Then I highlight the importance of being brave in all of my daily habits, and by mastering my feeling of “bravery”, which comes from committing to them, I know that passion is going to come regardless of whatever other emotion/thought pattern coincides with it.
I remind those of you who struggle with feelings of laziness and tiredness when it comes to pursuing fitness goals that every self-defeating pattern that comes from feeling lazy is based from an unrealistic outward expectation that emotions are always consistent as you are working towards your goals.
Thus, in visualisation and self-mastery, you are consistent in your values, beliefs and expectations. The emotions are separate and can fuel the mind and the body based on your desires.
To sum it up:
Visualising techniques for fitness performance consists of:
- Understanding that there is a big difference between physical fitness, mental conditioning and emotions
- Knowing that you have full control of the mental conditioning, emotional awareness and physical fitness levels and that comes from your attitude/beliefs/awareness/goals
- Fitness levels can always be improved. Being aware of your emotions is a huge step towards achieving long-term success in any domain.
- Try to identify the emotion that you experience in all of your accomplishments.
- Know that there is a distinction between emotion and passion and that the passion is almost always there for a reason, trust the authenticity of that.
- Visualize your emotion and value to a long-term goal or vision for yourself.
- Bare in mind self-mastery is an authentic and long-term process of commitment comprised of daily habits.
- Committing to self-mastery is a form of discipline in and of itself. Daily rituals include this type of thinking. Such as eating healthy or sleeping earlier. You’ll find that the desire to commit to yourself is often times linked to a previous action that you did that was for your own good. Try to think about the last thing you did for yourself and master tuning in to that emotion for visualising your success.
- Habits can always be improved by visualisation techniques such as separating your emotion from the goal to improve performance. Remember that the distinction between improvement and discipline is a fine line for most people and this helps when you identify the emotions behind your accomplishments. Also know that worthiness is a belief, one must bare in mind that they are worthy of their own success.
Final note: We often times are harsher on our selves than we like to admit. The thoughts that inhibit us from reaching our fully actualised selves are often emotions. If you tune in to your vision and your goals daily, you will reach a state of self-mastery, baring in mind, the act of self-mastery is in and of itself separate from a feeling and emotion. This should not stop you from using emotions to fuel fitness success and accomplish all of your dreams.