Yesterday, we looked at the various paths that lead us away from mastery in different areas of our lives.
The next logical question is, if the paths of the Dabbler, the Obsessive and the Hacker don’t work, what does?
George Leonard explains that they way to gain mastery is to practice diligently, to practice primarily for the sake of the practice itself.
In other words, focus on the PROCESS, the journey.
As one meditation teacher puts it: "Work diligently. Diligently. Work patiently and persistently. Patiently and persistently. And you’re bound to be successful. Bound to be successful."
Again. And again. And again.
We can get sooo impatient at this, right? We are programmed to want quick results. We don’t like the fact that it is going to take us the rest of our lives.
How do we reconcile this impatience with the reality of mastery?
By focusing and enjoying as best as we can, on the practices. On the process.