Daily writing prompt
What was the hardest personal goal you’ve set for yourself?

The hardest personal goal I have set for myself is self-mastery. It took me a while to figure out that if I was going to be successful, the one standing in my way most of the time, was myself. I have had to condition myself to create a mindset of growth, although I have tweaked it some in the last few years as I have studied it more.

It sounds simple, but never allowing yourself to say words like, “I never will”, “I can’t do that”, or “I will never achieve that”, can make a huge difference in the likelihood of achieving goals. It does not mean you will accomplish all of the huge goals you may have set for yourself, but you aren’t telling yourself that you can’t do it. When you do this, you are creating pathways in your neural networks that say you can do almost anything, when that becomes a habit, you really have something.

I have a lot of goals, probably too many for one lifetime. I want to see the world, do volunteer work, enrich the lives of others, be a successful writer, be the best player on my baseball/softball teams, and of course the best teacher and father I can be. There are some days when I feel like I am falling woefully short of achieving these goals and dreams, but I never allow myself to think that I can’t do them. I realize that as long as I draw breath, there is another chance to do things right.

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4 responses to “To Master One’s Self in the Here and Now is a True Accomplishment”

  1. I used to be a history teacher and still enjoy reading history. I like your posts.

    1. Where in a general sense did you teach?

  2. This is something I’m working towards daily! It’s been a challenge to overcome my desire to overindulge in things that I know no longer serve as a real purpose in my life. Even last night I was hanging out with a friend, smoking a bit, when the question “Why am I doing this at after 1 something am?”

    Not once had it entered my mind so minimalistic yet with such finesse. It has me totally rethinking how I have taken advantage of something that was only intended to bandage for things that were taking place over the last 2 years. It’s time for me to reestablish independence, self discipline, and onward movement.

    1. Its not easy, I certainly don’t have it down, but I feel like I have the tools to get there. Most self-help is very temporary, you have to really dig in and face down those inner demons to make real change.

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