Pursuit of Mastery

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In this episode Coach Jason shares for the first time some of the patterns he’s noticed in Elite Athletes who’ve taken the Business World by storm after their playing days are done. In this show he explains how young athletes are groomed in the 5 Musts for Mastery–and how this same approach has allowed them later on in life to crush the competition in all their endeavors.

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Pursuit of Mastery

I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you are wanting to check out or you are committed to further learning this mentality, this focus of living your life full force where we just put everything. We get everything into alignment with what we want, the vision we have. We get our thinking patterns, our belief systems, our values, how we see and perceive ourselves, our self-image. We get that all in alignment so we become this unstoppable force. No matter where you are in your life, we all have these different life stages but I’m sure you’ve experienced something previously where you know this feeling that I’m talking about. Maybe you’re not in the middle of a now, maybe you’re trying to recapture it. Maybe you are and you’re trying to build even greater momentum by fine tuning it, but I’m sure you had a moment in time in past where you had momentum was going. Everything was feeling unstoppable.

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Pursuit of Mastery: Whatever barrier would come up down that road, you break through it.

Whatever barrier would come up down that road, you would just knock it over. You break through it. I’m sure whether now or in the past you’ve experienced before those times where you don’t have that same momentum going. There are inner conflicts, there are distractions. You don’t have the same level of motivation and dedication and you hit these barriers, these road blocks, these brick walls and it knocks you back. It knocks you on your butt. How long you stay down, how long until you get back on your feet and you develop the momentum again to break through this barrier, it may be days, it may be weeks or months. Unfortunately, I know people who have been in it for longer than a couple of years, still trying to break through in certain areas of their life. That’s not what I want for you. It’s not what I want for them. It’s definitely not what I want for myself or my family.

Here we are with the Full Force Life podcast where we can really understand the structure of experience, the structure of it all and preprogram ourselves to be our very best the moment we need it. When those barriers pop up, those things that try to stop us, that try to limit us, we are ready. We are prepared to bust on through. What we usually do with the podcast is I usually bring in a guest and interview someone excels especially in the athletic world, being a former Major League baseball player myself. That’s more of my connections. I’ve been bringing in more and more athletes and really learning what makes them a tick. How do they see the world? How do they see their sport? How do they see focus in work ethic, in concentration? All these things that we love and we admire about our favorite athletes, the very best at what they do. They stand out in our minds. We’re so attracted to their greatness and their ability to come through in the biggest moments under pressure. We turn these moral men or women into heroes, into legends that last a lifetime because of their ability to come through in the biggest moments.

One of the things that have been going on over the last six months to a year as I worked in the coaching business, as I’ve worked on the podcast and done more and more research, as I’m learning, as I’m studying, as I’m going through asking those questions, I’m beginning to see patterns emerge; patterns with the best of the best athletes. What I’m starting to notice too is that so many of these incredible elite athletes, Major League baseball players, PGA golfers, tennis players, people who played in the NFL, are rock stars. They are the same elite performers in their business as well. Really how it came to be was I know some of my buddies in the baseball world, they’ve transitioned out of the game and they go and create these businesses. I think a couple of them in multilevel marketing, others doing stuff similar to me in the performance coaching world. Others have chosen to run organizations, baseball-type sport, type academies, gyms. I’m seeing some of them, when we’d have these conversations about how business is going but they would use so many of the same baseball expressions that we would use towards bettering ourselves by slogans and clichés or just metaphors that we use in the game. They’re applying it to their work in baseball. There’s a lot of people who would start these businesses but these ones are truly, truly excelling it at the same level of being a Major League baseball player. They are just crushing it.

The more I spend around it, the more I started noticing in me my motivation, my obsession, my drive, that being of being full force in my baseball career, that happened. Then you hear my story in maybe one of the first couple of podcast where I transition out of the game and everything falls apart. I find out all this mental strength, all this ability to live full force is not happening in my life; it’s not happening in my marriage, my relationship, how I am with my children. I have this new dream to help other people, to contribute to be the mental performance coach that I had during my career and to help other people. I have this vision of it but I’m not taking any action. I just don’t have the motivation. I’m not doing the things that need to be done when they need to be done. Slowly over time, I got a new training. I got involved in NLP. I got involved in the Extreme Focus world. I started getting the tools and the real applicable knowledge to build and create the future that I wanted. Once that momentum started happening, I started breaking down these walls and these perceived limitations in my life. I tapped into that drive that I had as an athlete and I started to be able to find how to utilize it for this vision and this full force life, this full force world that I want to create. I tapped into the same source. The same principles that help me excel on the baseball field is when I started noticing that I was utilizing in the business world, in the coaching world, growing this thing and enjoying it through the journey as well.

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Pursuit of Mastery: It’s the athlete that we want to study. It’s not just any athlete, it’s the best of the best and what do they do.

I started to feel it. Then I started noticing it even more how other people are doing it, former athletes taking in the business world. It really got me to start taking down some notes, some key concepts that I’m starting to become aware of. Once I became aware of it, I’d scribble them down. A lot of you coming to my place that I live and I’ve got these great sliding glass doors in all the closets in all the rooms, and they are just scribbled with those Expo markers like Beautiful Mind style just all these notes. One of the rooms I call it the Athlete Psychology Room. It’s where I have all these insights, all these distinctions and I’m putting them up on this mirror. The idea of athlete psychology came to me. There’s sports psychology. It’s something that’s been around for many, many decades now and it’s something that I was involved in studying and learning during my sports career. I always thought it was funny because who really cares about the mind and the study of the mind of a sport? Is it a ball or a bat? What do we study in there? It’s the athlete that we want to study. It’s not just any athlete, it’s the best of the best and what do they do. I had this new idea. We can find what makes the best athletes in the world tick. That was the first creation of the podcast. Let’s dissect. Let’s interview all these amazing athletes. Find out how they see things, how they handle situations. What routines do they build so that they’re in the best peak states that create the best performances? What do they do?

Now, I’ve been more and more obsessed of the last several months of discovering, what about these guys who they were the best of the best in their athletic world and now they’re transitioning the best of the best in the business world? What are they carrying over? What are they using? What are they utilizing? What did they have mastered in the first part of their life? That mastery is allowing them to transition it into the business world and do things that other people are just not doing. I really felt like something was there and I have been taking the notes, studying, asking the questions and have now at least two dozen distinctions, principles of this athlete psychology, this athlete mindset to full force in life, full force in relationships, full force in business, whatever you want to apply it to. The principles are rooted, they’re grounded. My vision for this podcast, the outcome that I wanted to bring out in this one is an introductory to one of those principles.

I’m excited to bring you this principle today. I love these little challenges. Every time I get these solo podcast and I don’t have a guest to sit there and ask questions and let them do the talking, I love taking on new subjects, new topics that maybe I haven’t had that much experience talking about. I love the challenge of bringing it here on the podcast. Maybe spend a little bit of time of some prep work, really trying to develop this new topic that I want to teach. There are some like I could talk about RESPA, I could talk about the four steps of peak state. We can go on and on and on. I can deliver that one for hours and I know it like the back of my hand, but I love bringing on new things because I’m so excited about what comes out.

When I get in those flow states where I turn on the recording button, I go for 45 minutes. Maybe I do the second time and I just love the new things that come out, so I’m excited to bring this to you today. Also, I love having something that in the future I can compare, contrast, I can measure myself. I know this athlete’s mindset, this psychology that I’m going to talk about in the first principle that I’m going to share with you today. The first time ever, it’s going to be around twenty years and beyond, I’m going to be talking about twenty years from now. Maybe I’ll call it something completely different, something new. Maybe the dozen principles that I share with everybody, maybe those are completely changed. Maybe the five forces that we’ll be talking about today, maybe those are completely changed. Maybe they’re not even called forces in the future. Who knows? That’s what I love about it and I want to lay it down on track so I can compare in the future and see how it evolves over time. I’m very excited about this.

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Pursuit of Mastery: It’s the study of success and how 10,000 hours it takes to achieve mastery, maybe ten years.

The first one I want to share with you, this first force, this first must to have an athlete mindset is a mastery-type focus; the ability to pursue mastery at what you’re doing. I see more and more these days, we live in a world, everybody knows it, everybody realizes it, I fall in the trap sometimes, we want the quick fix. We want the easy solution. We want the magic pill. We want it now, the instant gratification. Yet, as athletes, when you’re very, very young, we all preach athletes, “It’s going to take time. This is a marathon. It’s going to take hours upon hours.” An author I highly recommend to you all, Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote many great books on many different subjects but he’s written one called Outliers. It’s the study of success and how 10,000 hours it takes to achieve mastery, maybe ten years. I’m not talking just 10,000 hours of going through the motion. It’s 10,000 hours of deliberate practice that allows us to grow our skills and our pattern recognitions and all the things that it takes to master an area of our lives, a skill of in our lives.

To break down how do we develop this pursuit of mastery, I broke it down into five steps. Five musts that we need to do in order to become masters of our sport, masters of our skills. Step number one, that first must, is we must learn to master ourselves first. What I mean by mastering ourselves, I’m talking about mastering our emotions. Mastering the state that we’re in. You’re going to hear me talk about this always. Can you control the peak state? Can you control the state that you perform your very best in? Because people will argue with me, “Just because you feel that you’re in a peak state, just because you feel like you’re in a confident place doesn’t make you any better. It doesn’t make you any more competent at what you’re doing.” I always argue back. I look back on your own life and I say, “Are you going to learn faster in a place of confidence, in an energy of being in confidence, in curiosity, in motivation? Are you going to learn better, learn faster? Or do you really think you’re going to learn better in a place of frustration, disempowerment, a place of being un-resourceful?” The answer is easy. If we’re able to keep in control of ourselves into those great states, we learn to master that. We can put ourselves in there anytime we want. We’re going to put ourselves on a much faster timetable to that mastery. Maybe now we get there in ten years instead of twenty years. Ten years is a long time but if you are unable to master yourself on a journey, then it’s going to take even longer. It’s going to be twenty years if you ever even get there.

The real beauty about this step is once you become master of yourself, then you can start mastering your skill. Once you master that one thing, because you’ve mastered yourself, you have the ability to master other areas of your life, other skills even faster. Once you have that ability to control your states, to master yourself. You’re going to find yourself mastering more and more things. We talked about it in past podcast really in depth but I’ll break it down real quick, just to remember that triad. There are three ways to change how you feel in any moment. I learned that from Human Needs Psychology, The Triad. The first is body physiology. How you stand, how you move, how you breathe, your voice, your tone, your speech, are your eyes up, and shoulders back. That’s all controlling how you feel in any moment. Your heads up, your shoulders are back. You describe it. What does that person look like? They look confident, they look happy, a sad person. Their heads are always down. Their shoulders slumped in, they’re breathing shallow. These are universal. It doesn’t matter the culture, what part of the world you live in. We instantly know what someone is feeling just by reading their body. It’s the cybernetic loop. Body and mind are the same thing. The same system and they affect one another.

If you learn how to control your body, it’s going to control what part of your brain, how you see things, how you perceive things, what you focus on, because that’s the second part. If you get really good at controlling what you focus on, that will affect your physiology, too. If you’re out there asking yourself what are all the problems. If you’re noticing only things that are negative, only things that make you angry. You know those people who just love being angry, anything will make them angry. It doesn’t matter what problems or events, what part of the country, what part of the world things are happening, they’ll find anything about any problem, any situation to be angry about. That’s where their focus is. You shift their body, put them in a happy state, it’s going to change their focus and the focus changes your physiology. They work in a loop.

The third part is language or meaning, it’s the internal representation. We go on the visualization podcast where the submodalities that I teach you to have thoughts and you see these pictures and these images and if you make them bigger and brighter, that makes them more intense. If you make them smaller and darker, we move it further away from you, it makes it less intense. That’s the third part. Those aren’t as long lasting. They’re not as quick of a fix as just shifting. It’s not as a quick fix. It’s shifting your body language. You learn to shift you shift your body language in a moment, it’s going to change how you feel in a moment. The internal representation is the third part of it. That takes a little bit more time. Those first two, those are the ones that I always preach; change your body, change your focus, change how you feel and you get really great at that, then and you become master of growing emotions. You are going to feel any way you want to in any moment. I don’t think I need to explain but more often that you feel great, the likelihood you’re going to play great. It’s very difficult to be in a crummy state, a poopy state is what I like to call it sometimes. Feeling like a three or a four being down, maybe even feeling defeated. If you’re feeling defeated, rarely, rarely, rarely will you ever have a great game, have a great moment, have a great swing when you’re already defeated. That’s the first must.

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Pursuit of Mastery: I think those two work hand and hand together. Paying your dues and doing whatever it takes.

The second must to mastery, as athletes, we have so many expressions and clichés. The one that merely came to my mind was paying your dues. I hear that with former teammates. They go through opening this business and things always start off real slow, “I’m paying my dues,” something that we were trained in at a very young age to understand that we have to pay our dues. Also, I put a slash behind the pay your dues because there has to have a mentality of doing whatever it takes. I think those two work hand and hand together. Paying your dues and doing whatever it takes. I don’t think everyone is fully aware. We’re talking about the Major Leagues. Each Major League teams: the Dodgers and the Yankees, San Francisco Giants, has six to seven Minor League teams, the farm system. More than likely, each player will have to go up through each single team if they’ll ever hopefully reach to the Major League team. At those very low levels, the Bus Leagues, you’re running around in a bus for these long hours, sometimes twelve to fourteen hours, even longer in some situations. The towns aren’t as nice. The stadiums aren’t as nice. Their club houses are yucky and gross, the food that you eat. In the Big Leagues, you have a choice of chicken and fish and steak. In the low levels of Minor Leagues, you have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I remember being in this event in my first full season and the guy would rarely even show up to give us our peanut butter and jelly. I think back to my very, very, very first season at the Gulf Coast League and at all the Minor League levels, the pay is very low. In fact, my first summer, I remember doing the math. I would be at the field for eight, nine, ten hours a day maybe and divide that up with my pay. I was making $3 an hour for the amount of time I was putting in every single day at the ball field. You get paid for three hours of the game but in the actuality, you’re at the field for eight, nine, ten hours and when you did the Math, it was $3 an hour. We have this idea, this mentality that’s been instilled upon us that you got to pay your dues. If you want those big pay checks and you want to experience the life and the luxury of being a Major Leaguer, you have to pay your dues. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

It doesn’t just start there. I go back even further in my high school days. This time, the late ‘90s in a small town in California, we didn’t have travel teams or academies. At sixteen, seventeen years old, I’m finally in a little bit of attention. There was a team or two that liked me coming down to LA. It was a three and a half, four-hour drive for the weekends and they play one game on Saturday. I drive these four hours. I’d throw my baseball bag in the back of my white F-150 truck ’92 Ford and drive down four hours, four at-bats, hop back in the truck, drive all the way back up four more hours and be totally grateful for that opportunity, because it was an opportunity to go out there and play against a much better competition. It was an opportunity to play with more exposure, possibly professional scouts, college scouts in the stands. I felt so grateful to do that. To pay those types of dues, to do whatever it took.

I remember my first realization that how business is like the athletic career that I took, the athletic journey that I was on. I remember having a mentor call me up at that time. I just started my business and I was living in Fort Worth, Texas. He calls me up, “I’m down in Houston. I’m speaking at this event today but tomorrow, one of my private clients, they want me to do another little speech, another little Mastermind group with her team and her down line. I’d love for you to come down, drive down if you can. I can’t pay you but it’s going to put you in a new environment, you’re going to meet some new people. You’d have a chance to talk about a principle for fifteen, twenty minutes. It would be a great thing for you.” I’m like, “I’m in. I can’t go down the day before. I don’t want to pay for a hotel but I’d get up at 3:30 in the morning and I’ll drive down there so I get there early enough that I can talk about what you want me to speak on, what message you want to talk about, what I need to deliver and what I need to prepare for.” I bust my butt all the way down there the next morning. I’m cracking up because now I’m starting to remember that high school, all those four hour drives to Los Angeles, to Orange County and here I am doing the same thing, driving four hours down to Houston. Leaving at 3:30 in the morning just to talk for fifteen minutes and excited and feeling grateful for it.

We get down there. One person, his client, shows up, she brings someone. Another man comes and joins us and that was it. We sat at this hotel in this restaurant at this big table. It was a huge table, big enough for 30 people. Dave, who mentored for so many years and he taught me the power of one. He’s like, “No matter if there’s one person on the call, one person that’s going to watch your video, one person that’s going to listen to your podcast, you give it everything you’ve got.” He’s told me so many stories about the power of one. When he thought nobody was listening when he did a talk for book signing, one person showed up. After he delivered the full thing, he’s like, “I’m even talking in the microphone looking at her. She’s sitting in the front row. I’m on the microphone still. I delivered this message and then I sit down and I talked to her for a long time.” She’s like, “I got to apologize that nobody is here. I’ve been praying for the last few weeks that no one would show up and there would just be me and you so I have the opportunity to really talk to you one-on-one and get help with my situation.”

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Pursuit of Mastery: If I truly am committed to doing whatever it takes, I will find my way to mastering this new profession.

That story that he told me many years ago has always moved me. I was more than happy to play this role, to do the fifteen, twenty minutes to teach the one principle to the two people that were there, the three people have shown up because of the power of one mentality. I got back in my car, drove four hours back to home and was just so grateful for that opportunity, to pay my dues all over again. To have this mentality that if I truly am committed to doing whatever it takes, I will find my way to mastering this new profession. That was my mindset. I’m so grateful to have it because what’s happened in the year and a half, two years since then has been just this beautiful, beautiful unfolding of what I was dreaming of back then.

That leads us into the third must on our path to mastery. That is we must have this mentality, we must have the ability to focus on the process. We can’t be worried about the results. If you start worrying about results, you start getting tense about trying to control the outcome, trying to protect yourself from failing. We’re on pursuit of mastery. We always want to be going for it all. That lead into a little bit into the fourth one but I’ve looked at the athletic career when young athletes were taught to focus on the process especially when it comes into hitting. You’re not supposed to be up there thinking about getting the hit or nothing but striking out. You have this mental preparation, this game plan, to prepare yourself physically, mentally and then think about where you want to hit the ball, what kind of swing. It’s a procedure. It’s like a pilot stepping in the cockpit. He just doesn’t turn on the airplane and go flying, “What city do we need to go to?” He’s got this checklist that he needs to go through to makes sure that the plane functions properly.

That’s the same thing that we do as athletes in the batter’s box and other sports I’ve talked to. You have your checklist. You follow your checklist. You put yourself in the best state that you’re in and you just react, you play the game. You say, “Detach from the result.” The next opportunity, you follow that checklist again and then the result happens. Good, bad, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Then you go up and you’re never trying to control the outcome. You’re just trying to control and make your checklist, your procedure, your pattern as efficient and as tailor-made and needs to be the type of results that you want. You’re always tweaking that stuff, trying to make it fit you and what you want but you just keep focusing on that procedure. Focusing on the process is an absolute must. If you start worrying too much about results, then you stop taking the risk. You start going for opportunities that can really grow and aspire you and that takes us into step number four. You must be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The principle I call stretlit, stretch just a little bit. In the BEAST system, we use the giraffe as the trigger. If you think about a giraffe, he’s one the tallest creature on the planet. He’s got this long neck and long legs, 20, 25 feet above the ground, I think are the full grown, adult male giraffes. They can back on their hind legs to reach even higher for their food on the tree. There’s just a little bit more that they’ve got. They’ve got these incredibly long tongues and it reaches up even just a little bit higher. I really want you to think of that tongue, that extra little reach. That’s where we need to be just outside of our comfort zone so we can grow and we can expand. We can keep developing not only our hard skills but our soft skills as well too. Develop the technical part of what we do but also the pattern recognition of what we do so we’ll become a true, well-rounded master.

There are so many people today preaching, own just the 20%, own just this little sliver, really develop up the strength. As soon as these people are making a lot of money by preaching that, I don’t know if their clients are capitalizing on their investment for it. I see that’s a great thing in the short-term, but long-term, you’ve got to be able to know all the patterns, all the scenarios. You have to be completely well-rounded and developed. The people that we idolize, the athletes that we idolize, they are not one dimensional type players. If you just focus on one little area, one little strength in building up, you’re never going to achieve the level of mastery that is truly rewarding that is truly fulfilling; one that is admired and is appreciated and is respected like we do towards the athletes.

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Pursuit of Mastery: Stretch just a little bit more and that is the only way you can get to mastery.

Our ability to be comfortable even when we’re stretching just a little bit out of our comfort zone; being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I think it was Lou Piniella I first read who said that. I don’t know if he coined the term but he’s the first one and the only one I know of saying it, so I’d quote him on it. “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Stretch just a little bit more and that’s where you’re going to build that muscle, that strength and that is the only way you can get to mastery. You have to be able to go further than you’ve ever gone. I always use the metaphor of lifting weights in training. You talk about do a set of bicep curls and you got to do ten reps. Is it the first couple of reps or is it the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth rep that has given you all the strength? I asked a group of high schoolers that and they go, “It’s the eighth, ninth, tenth. The tenth one gives you strength. I’m like, “No. It’s the eleventh.” It’s when we go further than we’ve ever gone before. That’s what’s given us all the strength in the muscle. That’s what’s building the muscle. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is a must on our pursuit of mastery.

That takes us into the fifth must. You must see failure as a feedback. A lot of these tie in together but we must have the ability to focus, to see that there are positives, that there are many wins or victories. In any failure, any loss, any adversity, any setback, any tragedy, there is something for our good to learn and to apply it. You look at people who are constantly having to go through the same lessons over and over and over again. I was just listening to a podcast today. I can’t remember the guy’s name but they call him the Michael Jordan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s just the most phenomenal grappler in the world that’s ever lived. One guy was saying, “A lot of people can throw him one time but you can’t use the same move on him the second time.” They say some opponents, you could it a hundred times, you could it a thousand times. Him, it’s just a phenomenal, unbelievable thing that you can’t do it a second time to him because he learns so quickly. That is one of the things that have taken him to the Michael Jordan. Anytime you get referred to as Michael Jordan for anything, you’re the best of the best. They said, “It’s not necessarily his strength or his speed but it’s his ability to learn on the fly. The ability to make adjustments in the moment that has propelled him so far and beyond anyone else in that discipline.”

This is a step that in the past podcast, I’ve gotten really in depth about with specific stories of my life and stories of others. It’s one that we need to learn for fulfillment. We need to learn to have true joy and happiness in our lives. We need to be able to find the takeaways, the positives, the tiny winds and any failure, any setback, any adversity. Be able to take life, the things that happen to us and use it for us. That for me is the fifth must to mastery. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what stage you’re at right now. Maybe you are a young athlete who’s trying to learn to master something for the first time. Maybe you are someone who’s been a master in another area. You’ve been an athlete and now you’re trying to transition or maybe you’re just a master in general.

One of the things I love about mastery is that, mastery never ends. You think about a black belt in martial arts. Black belt is a level of mastery but yet there are different degrees. You hear about these different degree black belts; the second degree or the fifth degree black belt. The discipline of continuing to learn and to continue to master and being incredibly gifted at what you’re about is never ending. It’s this beautiful thing. That is my first principle that I want to share when it came to athlete psychology, the pursuit of mastery and the five must that I’ve come up with to help you, guide you through, to keep you motivated, to keep you taking action, to keep you inspire through your journey.

Let’s go ahead and do a game ready visualization. Let’s go ahead and get a clear idea, clear outcome of what it is we want. Who do you want to be? What do you want to create? What do you need to do to make it happen? Those will be your intentions during this game ready. Before we close our eyes, let’s just think of something that makes us feel really grateful. What a powerful, magnificent emotion gratitude is. What you feed will grow and what you starve will die. The more that we spend the time to constantly choose to be grateful, the more it’s going to be attracted, the more we’re going to see it in our own lives. Go ahead and think of that thing, that person, that gift, that memory, whatever it is and just step back into it. See it and feel it. Feel that gratitude grow in you now. Be grateful for that heart that’s beating in your chest, the air in your lungs, the wind on your face could be so simple, something you feel just totally grateful for that you’re here. You’re alive. Your ears work, you are able to hear this podcast.

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Pursuit of Mastery: Go ahead and walk through that gate and come in to this beautiful place of nature.

Now you’re tapped in that energy, go ahead and close your eyes and see your gate. You’re the designer of the gate. It can look any way you want it to. Once you have it, go ahead and walk through that gate and come in to this beautiful place of nature. It’s a place that’s new, a place you’ve been to before, a place you just create in your mind. Whether you’ve heard me a thousand times or whether this is your first game ready, just go ahead and see something right now in new detail. Something you’ve never noticed before that was there, something that you could see and just see it and appreciate it. You didn’t know it was there but it was so beautiful and feel that beauty get even bigger and brighter now. Maybe there’s a new sound. Something you’ve never heard in this place before. Hear it now and just notice and then feel. Maybe there’s something you could touch there that you’ve never noticed before. Maybe you’re just beginning to notice it every time you come to this place. Maybe you’re noticing right now the more that I talk, you’re feeling more and more calm, more and more relaxed. Maybe you notice you’re feeling more confident and centered the longer you spend in this special place of yours. Just breathe it in, do that RESPA breath, deep in through your nose and blow slowly out your mouth. Make sure that exhale is longer than the inhale. That is key. Do one more breath like that when you’re ready.

Once you’re done, I want you to go ahead. Now you’re centered, now you’re focused. Now, these pictures are getting really clear. I want you to go ahead and walk through the second gate and come on to your field, your office. I want you to watch yourself to begin with. Watch yourself living this outcome, living this life the way that you wanted it, maybe with this athlete psychology, to seek drive towards mastery. See what you’re going to look like. See how you’re going to move. See what you’re going to say. See what other people are going to say to you when you’re living in this state, living in this world of the pursuit of mastery. See the things that potentially might even stop you. What are the things that have limited you in the past? Just see yourself karate chop them. Punch that brick wall down and breakthrough and see how you celebrate it, arms up. Body language is universal. What is the celebratory body language? Arms up to the sky, maybe you even hold up fingers number one. See yourself as the master breaking through. I want you to just go ahead and step into your body and live a day looking at your own eyes as the master. Now you can actually feel that you are the master. How do you breathe when you’re the master? The master of your sport, the master of your profession, the master of yourself. How calm, how composed, how relaxed do you feel right now as the master?

You know what you need to do. Your decisions are clear and are precise. You know the outcomes that you want. You have this procedure. Feel yourself going through the procedure, the checklist. See and feel yourself paying your dues. See yourself use anything that is less than ideal, extra motivation as feedback to become even greater to a higher degree of black belt. Go ahead and one more activity, one more moment, one more play, and then just come around co-workers, teammates, friends, family, just celebrate it all and feel the pride. Feel the pride now of giving it your very all. Feel the pride of all those years, those ten years, those 10,000 hours to coming to mastery. Feel the pride. That was the one thing that I didn’t mention but the best feeling that you’ll have on your journey is when someone comes up to you and says, “I didn’t think you would do it. I remember when you told me you’re going to do it. I remember years later now, you did it.” That is the best feeling, that pride that comes when people recognize that you did it. You did what you’re going to say. You took the invisible and you made it visible. You became a creator of your own life; live life on your own terms.

Go out that gate. Come back in this beautiful place of nature. Come to this small little creek. As you reach down to grab some water from the creek, see your reflection, this reflection of being the master. Feeling that pride now, big smile. Whatever comes the reflection, see it, feel it, own it. Just take a cold drink of this water whether you fill up your hands, whether there’s a cup there with your name on it, just drink this water. Feel the coolness in your mouth, down your throat, down your arms, your legs, revitalizing you, reenergizing you, giving you everything that you need to be your very best today. Go ahead and stand up. Stand tall, your shoulders back, your head up. Compose like the master you are, feel the pride. Go ahead and go out that last gate because you are game ready.

Shake it out. Get out of that trance. I hope you enjoyed this podcast. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, criticism or sarcastic remarks. Until then, aim high, swing hard and smile often.


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