How To Create Mastery In Anything

Have you ever wondered what do successful people do differently? And how do they master a particular skill or craft? For many people, popular success stories look as if that person had fewer difficulties than we have. Even though conditions are different, we still have 24 hours every single day. Then, what does make these characters achieve more in life?

People who live amazing lives share a specific thinking pattern that you can model, producing similar results. We will go through the habits that will help you to achieve greatness and mastery.

Habits Of Highly Successful People

If you want to change your life, the first step is to control your current situation. That means assuming the responsibility of every event and consequence, so you can find a solution. Once you become a proactive thinker, you can stop tolerating failure, and start finding opportunities to become successful.

Did you know that we only take 5% of the daily decisions? Did you know that 91% of our thoughts are identical to the previous day? It takes active visualization to use these thoughts to influence our decisions. Our subconscious mind controls the majority of our moves, and we can influence it by controlling our thoughts.

Focus on active visualization to make the subconsciousness perceive it as your first priority. Successful people visualize their dreams because the brain filters information in reference to your most frequent thoughts. Rather than attracting success, you start noticing the opportunities that have been around you the whole time.

Mentors and Coaches

Have you ever thought why world-class professionals interact with people better than them? Apart from being a learning experience, mentors remind us how much we can still improve.

For successful people, Good is the enemy of Great. Unless you have a like-minded community, success leads to satisfaction and stop winning. Luckily, coaches encourage you to visualize a better future, even if you are already succeeding.

Successful people are happy with their results and dissatisfied with their potential, which leads to constant improvement.

Maximize the Probability

Last but not least, champions optimize their opportunities at the point where failure becomes impossible. Apart from conditioning their brain with their thoughts, they remove distractions when taking action, keep their energy levels high, and register their progress to maintain their motivation.

When these people are not working, they are taking measures to improve their body and working environment, ensuring the highest chance of success. They get high-quality sleep, workout, read books, have metrics to track their work, among others. Optimization makes productive work easy and entertaining.

Achieving Mastery

Achieving mastery in anything requires the above foundations to be put in place so that an individual is in the right position to achieve their goal. The mind and body needs to be congruent, with a sole focus on becoming proficient at the task – which may be swimming, painting, a musical instrument, sport, acting, language etc.

Essentially, mastery is achieved through practice. Purposeful practice and relevant, expert feedback ensures that there are incremental improvements and compounding gains. People who practice daily on their task eventually get to the state where the cognitive motions of going through that particular task become ingrained in the subconscious. In other words, they will eventually picture the exact required movement, timing and sinew with their eyes shut – or in their sleep.

Mastery requires lots of practice and over a long period of time. The worlds best sportsman are one of the greatest in their field because they had a passion for the sport from a young age, and constantly worked on their free-kicks or free throws or back-hand. Jim Bouchard stated that the bridge between knowledge and skill is practice, but the bridge between skill and mastery is time. If you are motivated to master something, you will put in the energy and time.

There’s an old myth of Picasso sitting at a cafe in Paris when a woman recognized him and asked him if he would draw up a quick piece on a napkin for her.

Humoring her, he agreed.

“That would be $1 million,” he told her, once he was done. Confused and taken aback, she pointed out that it had taken him only 30 seconds to draw.

He responded:

No, my dear woman, you are mistaken. It took me 30 years to draw that in 30 seconds.


The reason why people are successful is that they decided to take control, automate habits, and take pre-emptive measures to improve their work quality. They use visualization as a smart simulation exercise to conceive their dreams and concentrate on the action they take.

Don’t forget winners don’t necessarily have more discipline. They don’t mind making sacrifices because their environment is optimized. Once you remove the downside of activity, there are no limitations to take action, which makes it a long-term habit. You should always use creative ways to make work attractive in the short term.

Consistent success creates a positive feedback loop, which motivates people even more. That is what makes people more and more successful, becoming an unstoppable force.