What’s this about?

Self-mastery: the art and science of creating yourself, being the architect of your life, and doing less, but better.

People define mastery as being highly skilled in one or more areas of life. Self-mastery takes this to the highest level.

Something I learned in my teens is that being a happier person comes from learning and understanding who you really are—bit by bit, day by day. Self-mastery is not about control in a negative sense; it’s about realising your place in your inner and outer world. It’s about seeing that you, and everything around you, flow harmoniously together in the dance of your own creation. I call it self-discovery. Realising your inner guide can take you wherever you want—as long as you take full responsibility.

The path to self-mastery is the foundation for all excelling in all areas of your life: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. As the first step to a happy life is being more conscious of who you are, as only then can you master your gifts and talents.

Self-mastery unfolds as a path your life should take. It’s an internal, intentional, and self-directed journey. Something only you can determine.

This journal is here to help you on the way.

As I make my way through adulthood, every lesson I learn is something I really want to share. Writing, and helping people, are what I love. So this space is a line for me to put that together.

The key to mastery is practice. The more you practice, the more proficient you become. That’s why I write publicly and on schedule. No matter how inept you think you are or how far back you’re starting from, or if you feel you are highly skilled, without continuous practice and dedication, there’s no mastery. As everything you do is a projection of who you are, you can become a master of anything.

The two qualities of self-mastery

There are not just two, but these are particularly special.

Simple living

Simple living is about extracting more from life while doing less. It’s also a search for less: less stress, less wasteful spending, fewer toxic relationships, less time-consuming activities that don’t make you feel better. I used to desire a lot and continually worry about the future. Where will I be in five years? Will I achieve my goals quickly enough? What if I don’t make it? What if things go wrong? But I took a step back and stripped away what I felt was unnecessary in my life—from my possessions to my negative thinking. The more I did to think, plan, and do the things I wanted, the simpler and happier my life was.

Continuous improvement

Kaizen, meaning “change for the better” in Japanese, refers to improving in every area of life. It’s extremely important here because it lets you focus on the journey and removing things, ideas, or people that don’t make you happy.

It’s about creating a positive feedback loop where a healthy mind creates a healthy body, and a healthy body creates a healthy mind. This idea changed my life for the better. So, I want to help other people achieve the same.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”, John Milton once said. It means that we’re the sole gardener and guardian of our mind—and how we think shapes our reality.

I’m here to help you learn more about that.

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Joxen
I help people learn about health, fitness, and self-mastery