Have you ever tried to pursue a certain goal or master something, but you can’t get yourself to commit? I know I sure have.
I’m going to share 6 habits that will prevent you from achieving any level of greatness or mastery, and honestly, I’ve fallen into all 6 of these traps myself!
So whether you are already in pursuit and looking for that edge to shorten the learning curve or you are struggling and can’t seem to get any momentum, avoiding these six habits will drastically increase the likelihood of you achieving your goals and your mastery.
Through days, weeks and months of research and struggle in my own life, I’ve been able to take back control of these six habits and make my life work for me!
So what is it that prevents us from mastery?
- The Jack Of All Trades. Do you ever get caught up in wanting to be the best at everything? Or you try to focus on too many things at once and as a result, nothing gets done? This prevents mastery because it’s about general knowledge rather than specialized knowledge. You can only achieve mastery if you have specialized knowledge in your field, general knowledge will only prevent mastery.
- The Know It All Syndrome. You may know someone like this, maybe even intimately? The Know It All already knows it all, so they shut themselves down from learning or from constructive criticism that can improve their skill. Mastery is about always learning and being open to change at any moment.
- Multi-Tasking. Science now tells us that multitasking is a myth; all it does is drain our energy and hurt our focus. The truth is we don’t multitask, we actually task switch.
- Task Switching. This is constantly shifting from one thing to the next rather than sticking to one task for a long period of time. Instead of trying to do multiple things at once, focus on one thing and work on it until it’s completed and then switch tasks.
- Distractions. We live in an age of constant information, it’s hitting us faster and faster by the day and our brains are not designed to keep up. We can never achieve mastery if we are constantly engaging in distraction or instant gratification. The pursuit of mastery does not always lead to instant results, so it makes it easy to get distracted. Don’t get caught up, know that the reward is on the way if you put in the work.
- Decisions. If you take a look at super successes like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg, they often wear the same clothes every day, Why? Because that’s one less decision that needs to be made. Masters know that every single decision we make drains our energy and willpower, so they make decisions wisely and chose to focus only on the decisions that will make a real difference.
Avoid these six habits that prevent mastery and you will achieve your goals in no time!
By: Bren Dubé @brendube
Based on Episode 8 of The Implicit Show