As we enter the new year, often it is a time we use to assess where we are and what we want to achieve in the next year.

As we move towards mastery in whatever field we have chosen there are a few guiding principles that can help us to achieve that which we desire.

The first of these is discipline.

Discipline often gets a bad rap however. Seldom is anything noteworthy able to be built without the application of discipline. In this case discipline involves applying oneself consistently over time to develop a skill set. 

Where does the motivation come from? It derives much of its fuel from the passion and vision you give your desires. The more you visualize and emotionalize your internal vision of what you want to achieve, the greater will be your ability to apply yourself.

Use that passion and vision to get out of bed every day with a plan to do something that day to further yourself along your path. 

Another factor is attitude and mindset.

Be positive in your mindset. Greet and view obstacles as challenges to be overcome rather than signs you should quit. Be committed to the end result but not necessarily attached to how you get there. The wisdom comes in knowing when that which you are doing is not working to your benefit and when you need to keep applying yourself.

Mindset also involves resolve. Be steadfast in your resolve to realize your goal. It is often said that we overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in five years. I have found this to be accurate!

Let your mindset be one of a winning mindset that knows it will realize that which it has conceived. What you conceive, believe and work towards, will manifest if you apply yourself diligently over time. How long? As long as it takes.

Part of the mindset is look objectively at your situation and own the result. Do not make excuses for where you are or what you may have to deal with in the achievement of your goals. The more you make excuses, the harder you make it for yourself to achieve.

No excuses, just results.

Be committed to mastery. This is the third factor- aptitude and mastery. 

Be committed to mastering your craft. You don't need to be better than someone else as much as you need to be better that you were yesterday. Rather than focusing on trying to make major leaps in excellence, focus instead on small incremental improvements executed consistently. Become just a little bit better at your chosen field or endeavor every day. These small incremental improvements will result in major forward movements in skill and achievement! 

These three components, Discipline, Attitude and Mastery ( Excellence) will aid you in the manifestation of your dreams, chosen skills and overall quality of life.

This is our heart for you- to help improve the quality of your life!

Make it a great day!

Jeff