The person that we lie to the most is ourselves. We make excuses for why things don’t get done or where we are in life. As things pile on, we go deeper into this rabbit hole that is our lies. We blame the quality of the food or the economy, or the weather. It gets to a point where we believe that everything is stacked against us, and there is no way out.
Self-mastery is a process of taking stock of who you are and what you have, then devoting yourself to continued improvement. The process is painful at times since we must be truthful to ourselves and realize that we have been the problem the whole time.
Two opposing forces are instilled in us, a desire for growth and safety. Many see growth as scary and risky, so they choose safety. Safety has its benefits; however, people suppress their feelings and turn to coping mechanisms because of their unhappiness when choosing safety instead of growth. They stagnate in life, so they turn to things that allow them to escape the mundane, everyday life.
Self-mastery is, at times, a painful experience, but mostly joyful. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing yourself grow and how that contributes to the people around you.