Last week I was engaging in one of my most favorite activities: teaching a husband and wife in their late 70's how to meditate. As I was explaining the "methodology" behind meditation, the husband interrupted me to ask about the success rate I have had with other people. I love this question! Its's honest, real, and shows me a person is invested in their own success. Being invested in our own success is critical to attain mastery at something. It was clear this gentleman wanted to master meditation! My reply was simple: Consistency.
Why consistency? I will answer this in two parts.
First, as it relates to meditation specifically, after consistently practicing for over 15 years, even when I didn't "feel" like it, I consider myself to have mastered it. That said, this does not mean there isn't more for me to learn. There is always more to learn. What it does mean is that I meditate daily, without fail. My commitment to being consistent set me up for success not only in meditation, it has laid the foundation for thriving in all areas of my life. My meditation practice has given me incredible tools (to name a few: awareness, focus, discipline, wisdom, peace) to uncover what truly brings me joy. I speak about this more in my book, Reclaiming Joy: Your 4-Step Guide to Happy, Healthy & Free.
Second, as it relates to attaining mastery in general, when we commit to practicing something consistently, we stick with it. By sticking with it, we build our discipline muscle which keeps us on the path. By staying on the path through the ups and downs, we give our self the opportunity to learn. In learning, we strengthen our commitment, confidence and at the same time, we grow. Over time, as we stay committed to consistency, we continue to learn and grow. This learning and growth enables us to gain mastery as we deeply understand "what it takes" and we do it!
The invitation for you is to consider this: What is it you wish to master?
Commit to consistency.
Get Support as needed.
Notice what happens.
Celebrate yourself for sticking with it, especially when the going gets tough.