Importance Of Personal Mastery

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“People with a high degree of personal mastery are acutely aware of their ignorance, incompetence and growth areas. But, they are also deeply self-confident,” says author of The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation, Peter Senge.

He notes that practicing personal mastery requires us to clarify our personal vision and values and to live and work in a purposeful and creative way that aligns our actions to our vision and values. The discipline of personal mastery is based on a number of key principles and practices:
• Personal vision
• Personal purpose
• Holding creative tension between vision and current reality
• Mitigating the impact of deeply rooted beliefs that are contrary to personal mastery
• Commitment to
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In the workplace emotional intelligence requires individuals to be aware not only of the impact their emotions have on others but to also be aware of the emotions of other team members and how best to manage those emotions.

From reading various sources of literature dealing with personal mastery I have come to the understanding that personal mastery entails being the best that you can be. As this cannot be determined at a point in time nor is it something that remains static, personal mastery requires an ongoing evolution or metamorphosis of oneself i.e. you live in a continuous learning
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It requires the person to look critically at the current reality and clarifying what is important to them and what they need to do to achieve what they want. This generates what is referred to as creative tension and in personal mastery it requires individuals to learn how to identify and deal with the creative tension in their lives. Creative tension can only be resolved when reality moves towards the vision. It requires individuals to be proactive in their lives striving to learn and add value.

For me becoming the best version of oneself and attaining a level of personal mastery is not only restricted to a single aspect of an individual’s life, i.e. either their work or their home. Personal mastery is all encompassing and where for some people including myself, their work is their life, personal mastery has taught me that work is a fluid component of my life and is not something that should stand on its own and be isolated. I have learnt that a holistic view of life will lead to individual happiness and a sense of completeness. This requires a self awareness of my values, vision and
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