Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lead Yourself to Mastery in Your Life and Business

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by Kim Ravida

As business owners (and especially soloproneurs), it is easy to fall into this trap of "jack of all trades and master of none".

Yes, it is a trap and no, it doesn't have to be this way.

True, you don't have to be a master at everything, but it is important to be a master at a few things that will lead and drive you to a successful and profitable business.

I love the word "mastery". It sounds powerful and it makes me feel good. Mastery as defined in the dictionary means: 1) expert skill/knowledge or outstanding ability and 2) complete control.

Well, I don't know about you, but early on in my life and business I had absolutely no control and did not feel as if I had any expert skill/knowledge or outstanding ability. So, had I heard the term 'mastery' back then I would not have liked the word as much as I do today.

I was a jack of all trades doing everything by myself and also doing everything that sounded like a great idea. And guess what? Doing it all myself and doing everything that sounded like a great idea actually wasn't!

When I decided to only work on things that I either had mastered (coaching my clients) or was in the process of mastering (networking/connecting), my life and business became joyful, profitable and fun!

I have a program with the word 'mastery' in it because it gives my clients a feeling of anticipation.

It's the anticipation that will help them be motivated so they too can master the skills they need to be in complete control of their lives and businesses and to take action to reach their goals and have what they want for themselves.

Motivation is a key factor in running a successful and profitable business. What it boils down to, though, is leadership of oneself and perhaps others. So if we are to reach a place of mastery, what are some things that we might have to master?

I'm really happy to tell you that it is not as painful as you might think and it can be used for business owners as well as anyone wanting to improve their lives.

Here are three ways in which you can lead yourself to mastery in your life and business:
  1. Get a clear focus. Decide what it is you want to accomplish. When you know what your outcome is, it is easy to know what you need to do.
  2. Be specific. Now that you have your focus, the next step is to decide how you will get there. This is the time to be specific. Is there something you need to do, have, or find in order to get started? List out what you need and must do to reach your goals. Until questions are answered, it's impossible to lead yourself to completion.
  3. Put your specific action steps in your calendar. Without this last step, all the focus and planning in the world won't help you, you need to set aside time to get it done.
When we master something we get a sense of satisfaction, we feel proud and we are excited about it. I know I want to shout "I did it!" It is such a great feeling.

That is why aiming toward mastery gives you the anticipation that you are working toward controlling your life, your business and ultimately your destiny. Wouldn't you want to hold the position of mastery in your life? I know I sure do!

Kim Ravida is a lifestyle and business coach helping women entrepreneurs, holistic health practitioners and business owners enjoy happy and healthy lives while building and leading successful and profitable businesses.

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Having been there herself, she has developed a specific system that sets the foundation for a business that brings in more clients, makes more money and saves tons of time so you truly can reach your goals and dreams. Find free resources at

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