There are certain things we have self-mastery over. And we can only control what we master. The overall economic conditions and political movements are beyond our individual control. Laws and taxes are also unchangeable. Nor can we expect to fully control other people’s opinions of us—or whether they choose to treat us fairly or unfairly.
What we can control, however, is ourselves—and that doesn’t mean just how we react to all of the above. No, what we really should work on controlling is the pace of our own growth and development, as well as our approach to each day of our lives. Instead of accepting where we are in life, we can put self-mastery into action—and be as proactive as possible to create the kind of success we want to experience in our lives.
The business greats—people like Jack Welch and Richard Branson—all display self-mastery on a daily basis. They have focus, motivation, and the passion for constantly seeking to move themselves and their enterprises forward. Their success and fame can’t be chalked up to luck or coincidence—because their ongoing fortune is a consistent effect of their self-mastery.
In other words, when we exchange what we want to do now for what we want to achieve later, we display the most powerful aspects of self-mastery. We demonstrate the discipline that prepares us for success. We can’t change our future and our outcomes until we change ourselves.
Thus, the greatest (and most complete) control that a man can actually achieve in his life is over his own self—which unfortunately most men fail to accomplish, or even pursue.
Modern society often argues that it is easier to control others than ourselves—but in reality, on the flip side, it is also easy to control the self, which would help us better control and influence others if we devote ourselves to learning how to do it.
Self-mastery possibly represents the ultimate goal that a man could achieve (or could seek to achieve)— for it is a potent tool that helps us to create the reality or destiny that we seek for ourselves.The mastery of one’s own self to forge one’s own destiny is possibly the ultimate test a man could face in his life. How we maintain our frame in the face of life’s uncertainties can give us important clues on how far we have gone down the path of self-mastery. There are only two things in life which are certain: change, and the grim reaper. Every human being has to experience them some time or the other, so the time we have in life is what is our greatest possession.
Many men live their lives mastering others without mastering themselves. Happiness from success is not a goal, but a journey. But the greatest fulfilment comes from freedom, for it allows us the leverage to shape the destiny we desire for ourselves—which is often and truly created by self-mastery of the self, which itself is a journey.
The only way to have true power in this life is to master yourself, it is to look within. The desire and act to control others by its nature are a weakness. The world will provide enemies, distractions, and illusions to prevent you from looking within and discovering your infinite power. This power is not used to control or even power in the traditional sense.
This is the power beyond comprehension, this is universal power and the realisation when you let go of the ego and who you think “you are” to what you actually ARE, which is the universe. You are all things, you are infinitely powerful. When you realise the truth within there is no reason to try and control. Master yourself, dig deep, remove layers and find your centre. This is a place of peace, fulfilment and true realisation.
From this place of power, you can move worlds, create as you wish in non-attachment with the power of the universe within and beside you!