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It’s not about mastery, but the journey

It’s not about Mastery or Perfection, but the Journey

Hi everyone, its Sal Celly hope you all are doing great. It’s early morning here and I am at my one of my favorite spots-Lake Pflugerville. I really find this area to be so peaceful, calming and tranquil, and come here quite often. Today, I wanted to focus on-it’s not about mastery and perfection, but the process and the journey. Even though, you are taking small steps on the path to improvement and you’re moving forward, small steps at a time, it’s okay.

There was a beautiful quote by Leonardo da Vinci- “We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process, a journey. The master is the one who stays on the path, day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try and fail and try again, for as long as he or she lives.” This was a beautiful quote by Leonardo da Vinci. It reminds us that it’s not about perfection, and it’s not about mastery. It’s not about being at 100 marks every time. It’s about the process. And it’s about the willingness and the ability to get back up on the saddle after you’ve been knocked down.

Life is going to knock you down

You are going to get knocked down. Life is going to knock you down just like it has to everybody else. People, situations and circumstances are going to knock you down. You’re going to be on your back, lying on the mat in the ring. And that’s okay. The question is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up and keep moving forward. Even though it is one small step at a time, that’s okay, and actually preferred. Rome was not built in a day. This reminds me of another beautiful quote by GK Chesterton who said, “One sees great things from the valley. Only small things from the peak.”

Have the right perspective

When you’re down, and when you’re going through a difficult time, you’re going to see a lot of different things. You’re going to see the areas that you can improve upon and change- that may be in your personal life, at work, in your mindset or attitude, or in your temperament. When you’re in an uncomfortable situation, it’s typically God trying to show you that something needs to change and you are currently in misalignment. Instead of asking yourself, “Why is this happening to me and why not somebody else?”, accept it and move forward.

Another view of looking at that, a better view, and a more constructive view is-What is God trying to teach me in this situation? What can I learn from this situation? What can I change and improve upon? When you have that mindset, things are going to get better for you. Remember, it may not happen in your timeframe or it may not happen quite exactly the way you wanted. But it will-be patient and have faith in His timeline, His plan and His outcome.

Is 86 good enough?

That’s why I wrote the book- Is 86 good enough. The way to maximize potential and customize your growth journey. In certain cases, 86 is good enough, and you don’t have to be perfect. In other cases, you have to go all out. In my opinion, too much emphasis is placed on mastery and perfection. In a lot of situations, the cost of perfection is very high, and exceeds the reward- in those cases, 86 is good enough. In other situations, yes, you need to go all out and you need to give 100%.

Reset expectations

I wanted to remind you when people around you are trying to look for perfection and expect perfection, reset their expectation, and push back on them. Most importantly, reset your own expectation. Sometimes we are very hard on ourselves, and we need to take a step back. Pause, celebrate the small wins, celebrate the small recoveries and be thankful and be grateful and keep moving forward.

If you have any questions or would like additional details or if you’d like to schedule a complimentary coaching session on how you can develop the right perspective, to lead a more balanced, happier and fulfilled life, please email me at Thanks.


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