Get In The Mastery Zone.

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Get In The Mastery Zone.

Encourager-In-Chief: May 10th, 2022

Find your greatness.

A year ago, my wife was in the hospital for an extended period of time. I must admit that as soon she went in, I felt lost. I had no direction and I wasn’t sure which way to turn. But after about a week, I realized that only God and the doctors in charge of her could do anything to improve her situation. I needed to redirect my focus on what I could do. I realized that meant taking care of my household and keep my business running.

The following week was the first time I had a seminar since my wife was admitted. It was a brand-new seminar and I knew that there was going to be a lot of people there. A funny thing happened the night before the seminar. I felt like I entered “the zone of mastery.” Because I couldn’t control anything else, my mind was completely focused on putting the final touches on the seminar. Ideas kept flowing — seemingly from nowhere — on surprises, new stories, better examples I could use and ways to make people say, “Wow!”

I kept writing up until just a few minutes before I left to present the seminar. Interestingly enough, the three most popular stories of the entire seminar were written within 24 hours of the presentation — and in some cases, just an hour before it began.

What I learned from that experience is that there is a level we reach when everything else in our life is removed from our concentration and we are left to focus exclusively on achieving mastery. In order to find it, you need to have uninterrupted work time. I’m sure that for people with small children, this is a challenge. However, if you can block out even a couple of hours to just focus on perfection, it can make all the difference in the quality of what you produce.