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The Magic of Self-Mastery

Posted By: Randy GageJanuary 17, 2011

Great discussion going on the last post about self-control. There isn’t a whole lot more I would add.  Other than that self-control is the way to self-mastery, and that is living life at the ultimate level of prosperity…

When you control your senses, you experience optimal health, energy and vitality.  When you control your thoughts, you get the most repose, harmony and spiritual bliss.

You can’t command things, but you can command your thoughts.  You can’t coerce others to do things against their will, but you can mold and master your own will.  That is the path to self-mastery.

And people who are masters of themselves attract people that want to follow them.  It may be the most attractive, compelling, and charismatic feature anyone can ever possess.  But more important is the inner harmony it brings you.

I am in complete astonishment at the revelations and ecstasy that comes to you when you achieve self-mastery.  I am filled with joy and the grandeur of the prospect, and the actual majesty of its almost achievement.   And I say almost, because I’m certainly not there yet.  But ever day I get closer brings me more joy than I can even describe.  This is the real prosperity we look for.

Ain’t it great!

-RG

28 comments on “The Magic of Self-Mastery”

  1. No more Millionaire Messiah on the home page? I loved that statement.
    I learned from a friend of mine to be successful you have to be focused on exactly what you want to do or what kind of business you want to be in. He's a portfolio manager for an investment company and says his job is really his hobby. Vis a vis it's not really a job to him because he was always interested in stock picking. So he's really not doing this out of discipline but rather from the enjoyment he gets from it. I think that is prosperity at its finest. I read a few pages of Donald Trump's book in the book store and he even stated that the road to success is doing what you enjoy - and hopefully you can make a business from it. I do believe though that you can't lead or command others until you are able to lead and command yourself. Self control is definitely the way to health and happiness -especially in the world we live in where the food companies are turning their food into addictive substances.

  2. RG,

    I love the new blog layout. I am really working on this to stop the "chattering monkeys" and to accept my self worth and go to my good.

    Congratulations on being in John Fogg's new book "The 21 Most Successful Networkers".You deserve it kid.
    Thanks,
    Jim

  3. You know it's funny Randy - sometimes I disconnect from the things that bring me the most happiness in life. Just earlier today, I was hiking up through the mountains in Costa Rica (where I live) and looking out over the ocean doing Tai Chi in 75 degree weather, and I just had to think of how awesome life is when you're in tune with your purpose and let go of bull shit.

    By the way, don't know if I ever mentioned this - the first time I read that book 'Why You're Dumb, Sick, and Broke... And How To Get Smart, Health & Rich' I about died laughing.

    EVERYONE should read that thing - if they've got the guts. You've got a way with words my friend.

    -dave

  4. Randy,
    This is one of my favorite topics! And you've illuminated it so very well. To live life in thankfulness with no Drama or negativity of my own making. To achieve my highest purpose thru self discipline, practice, humility and unlimited vision. To be an inspiration to others and to leave the world a better place... that IS prosperity.

  5. Physical prosperity, mental prosperity, emotional prosperity, and spiritual prosperity. It would be incredibly magical to attain them all. Let's help each other get there!

  6. Made sure I watched you on Komo 4 today Randy.. your physique was fine!! ha ha... nice power blue suit! and your message was great as well, check out those great seafood places down on the waterfront if you got time...

  7. "And people who are masters of themselves attract people that want to follow them"

    I love that, like the law of attraction. Become th person you want to attract..

  8. I find that mastering your thoughts is a most challenging aspect. Maybe just being "aware" of one's thought process is the beginning. How do you reprogram your subconscious for prosperous thinking?

  9. Really Randy, when we learn that. Achieve our dreams bring us joy and a sense of plenitud, not pain and sacrifice we learn the better life skille to be happy in this life.

  10. A Self-Control Joke:

    A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her, “No.”

    The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

    He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Ellen; only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

    The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

    The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…”

    The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy… I’m Ellen.”

  11. "First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do." ~ Epictetus

    So simple … not so easy. But if it were, we wouldn’t have a reason to come here and share with each other every day, would we? Grateful, yet again.

    Achieving ‘self-mastery’ used to sound kind of ominous to me, to tell you the truth. I guess because I have these … perfectionist tendencies. I used to think to ‘get there’, I had to be flawless … but a lot changed for me when I decided to shoot for ‘excellence’ instead of ‘perfection’. One was doable, one wasn’t. What a relief! … And what a compelling target. I like things that are excellent. 😉

    I think maybe the most powerful, important thing I’ve gotten from this blog and Randy’s guidance in regards to self mastery has been this … (And it truly has only come together for me in the past few months.) There is a very real PROCESS for achieving prosperity. (a.k.a. your BLISS!) It’s not some secret formula for a select few. We ALL have access to it. And all it takes is your own commitment to FOLLOW THAT PROCESS. You don’t have to be perfect. Crap, you don’t even have to be great at it … WILLING is enough! And once you decide with your heart, not just your head that you must, MUST live your biggest life – not only for your own joy, but for everyone else who you can help because you do – the work at hand is just to focus your mind, consciously direct your actions, and correct your path when you veer off course.

    YOU are someone else’s Randy Gage. Think on that for a while! 😉

    For me, I was set FREE once I understood that if I will only follow the process, I cannot fail! YOU cannot fail! It probably won’t happen today. It likely won’t happen tomorrow. It may not happen next month. But, it has to happen eventually. The only way it cannot is if you quit. Or what’s worse, if you never start. So get in your own corner and do your best work! The whole world is waiting!!!

    Sorry. Stepping off the cheerleading platform now… but I just had to share some of this FREEDOM I am feeling!!!

    Happy, Happy, Happy Tuesday!!!

    K

  12. I have a different spin to share on this blog subject. Did you ever wonder why when someone yawns, you yawn? Or you pick up characteristics of the people you spend time with? This was a topic of discussion at the mastermind meeting I just attended. They spoke of experiments done with monkeys brain waves to determine the brains reaction to stimuli without physical interaction. I won't go into detail, to spare the other animal rights activists out there, but never the less it was done, discovering that what we expose ourselves to, whether that be negative people, topics, violent video games, etc... impacts our physical makeup and duplicates in our subconcious mind automatically. The point I am trying to make is that self mastery by control is not possible in my opinion. We can dicipline ourselves, thereby, controlling our behaviors. This detach's us from the universal energy that we are all connected to. To self master is to allow, not control. We can be human's doing, or human's being. Our spiritual growth develops by love. Attempting to self direct thoughts would be great if we lived in a cocoon. We live in a world that will's itself into utter caos. The only way I have ever been able to master anything is by continually connecting with my spirit, which is part of me, yet seperate from my human nature. I think this is why so many great people like Ghandi, Victor Frankel, were able to become enlightened,in the midst of caos. This is what I consider self mastery to be, only discovered through loving thoughts. The rest of the experiences we try to control, only add to our confusion. Love and Joy are already our possessions, they only need to be felt, not controlled or mastered.

  13. Randy,

    Yes, it is great. I love this quote by Dr. John Demartini: When the voice and the vision on the inside become more loud, profound, and clear than the voices on the outside, you have mastered your life.

    Karen

  14. I sometimes think WHY did my life was so HARD?Not many people cared about me truly,many left me in my life,did terrible things behind my back,let me suffer instead of helping me etc.Well...it gave me self mastery!Many still try to jump on me but it is so much more difficult today.I want to be great,reach big succes and use all my power.That is what I am here to do.God!

  15. As always RG, profoundly out and correctly stated!
    And some great responses, too; how can anybody pursue the impossible (perfection) without at least having a short to medium-term goal (excellence) to shoot for first?

    Procrastination was always my downfall, maybe it was my "easy out" so I didn't have to confront worthiness issues or the fear of failure at what I wanted to achieve?

    But nowadays I'm always reminded of something our friend the late, great Mr Jim Rohn used to say: "Self discipline starts when nobody is watching"
    It helps keep me on track whenever, well - whenever nobody's watching!

    Oh, and I'll happily give a plug for Randy's Prosperity iPhone app: it's truly excellent, and it's where I'm reading and posting this from.
    Folks, go grab it in the app store if you have an iPhone - it's free! Thanks, guy I appreciate you.

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  • 28 comments on “The Magic of Self-Mastery”

    1. No more Millionaire Messiah on the home page? I loved that statement.
      I learned from a friend of mine to be successful you have to be focused on exactly what you want to do or what kind of business you want to be in. He's a portfolio manager for an investment company and says his job is really his hobby. Vis a vis it's not really a job to him because he was always interested in stock picking. So he's really not doing this out of discipline but rather from the enjoyment he gets from it. I think that is prosperity at its finest. I read a few pages of Donald Trump's book in the book store and he even stated that the road to success is doing what you enjoy - and hopefully you can make a business from it. I do believe though that you can't lead or command others until you are able to lead and command yourself. Self control is definitely the way to health and happiness -especially in the world we live in where the food companies are turning their food into addictive substances.

    2. RG,

      I love the new blog layout. I am really working on this to stop the "chattering monkeys" and to accept my self worth and go to my good.

      Congratulations on being in John Fogg's new book "The 21 Most Successful Networkers".You deserve it kid.
      Thanks,
      Jim

    3. You know it's funny Randy - sometimes I disconnect from the things that bring me the most happiness in life. Just earlier today, I was hiking up through the mountains in Costa Rica (where I live) and looking out over the ocean doing Tai Chi in 75 degree weather, and I just had to think of how awesome life is when you're in tune with your purpose and let go of bull shit.

      By the way, don't know if I ever mentioned this - the first time I read that book 'Why You're Dumb, Sick, and Broke... And How To Get Smart, Health & Rich' I about died laughing.

      EVERYONE should read that thing - if they've got the guts. You've got a way with words my friend.

      -dave

    4. Randy,
      This is one of my favorite topics! And you've illuminated it so very well. To live life in thankfulness with no Drama or negativity of my own making. To achieve my highest purpose thru self discipline, practice, humility and unlimited vision. To be an inspiration to others and to leave the world a better place... that IS prosperity.

    5. Physical prosperity, mental prosperity, emotional prosperity, and spiritual prosperity. It would be incredibly magical to attain them all. Let's help each other get there!

    6. Made sure I watched you on Komo 4 today Randy.. your physique was fine!! ha ha... nice power blue suit! and your message was great as well, check out those great seafood places down on the waterfront if you got time...

    7. "And people who are masters of themselves attract people that want to follow them"

      I love that, like the law of attraction. Become th person you want to attract..

    8. I find that mastering your thoughts is a most challenging aspect. Maybe just being "aware" of one's thought process is the beginning. How do you reprogram your subconscious for prosperous thinking?

    9. Really Randy, when we learn that. Achieve our dreams bring us joy and a sense of plenitud, not pain and sacrifice we learn the better life skille to be happy in this life.

    10. A Self-Control Joke:

      A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her, “No.”

      The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

      He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Ellen; only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

      The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

      The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…”

      The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy… I’m Ellen.”

    11. "First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do." ~ Epictetus

      So simple … not so easy. But if it were, we wouldn’t have a reason to come here and share with each other every day, would we? Grateful, yet again.

      Achieving ‘self-mastery’ used to sound kind of ominous to me, to tell you the truth. I guess because I have these … perfectionist tendencies. I used to think to ‘get there’, I had to be flawless … but a lot changed for me when I decided to shoot for ‘excellence’ instead of ‘perfection’. One was doable, one wasn’t. What a relief! … And what a compelling target. I like things that are excellent. 😉

      I think maybe the most powerful, important thing I’ve gotten from this blog and Randy’s guidance in regards to self mastery has been this … (And it truly has only come together for me in the past few months.) There is a very real PROCESS for achieving prosperity. (a.k.a. your BLISS!) It’s not some secret formula for a select few. We ALL have access to it. And all it takes is your own commitment to FOLLOW THAT PROCESS. You don’t have to be perfect. Crap, you don’t even have to be great at it … WILLING is enough! And once you decide with your heart, not just your head that you must, MUST live your biggest life – not only for your own joy, but for everyone else who you can help because you do – the work at hand is just to focus your mind, consciously direct your actions, and correct your path when you veer off course.

      YOU are someone else’s Randy Gage. Think on that for a while! 😉

      For me, I was set FREE once I understood that if I will only follow the process, I cannot fail! YOU cannot fail! It probably won’t happen today. It likely won’t happen tomorrow. It may not happen next month. But, it has to happen eventually. The only way it cannot is if you quit. Or what’s worse, if you never start. So get in your own corner and do your best work! The whole world is waiting!!!

      Sorry. Stepping off the cheerleading platform now… but I just had to share some of this FREEDOM I am feeling!!!

      Happy, Happy, Happy Tuesday!!!

      K

    12. I have a different spin to share on this blog subject. Did you ever wonder why when someone yawns, you yawn? Or you pick up characteristics of the people you spend time with? This was a topic of discussion at the mastermind meeting I just attended. They spoke of experiments done with monkeys brain waves to determine the brains reaction to stimuli without physical interaction. I won't go into detail, to spare the other animal rights activists out there, but never the less it was done, discovering that what we expose ourselves to, whether that be negative people, topics, violent video games, etc... impacts our physical makeup and duplicates in our subconcious mind automatically. The point I am trying to make is that self mastery by control is not possible in my opinion. We can dicipline ourselves, thereby, controlling our behaviors. This detach's us from the universal energy that we are all connected to. To self master is to allow, not control. We can be human's doing, or human's being. Our spiritual growth develops by love. Attempting to self direct thoughts would be great if we lived in a cocoon. We live in a world that will's itself into utter caos. The only way I have ever been able to master anything is by continually connecting with my spirit, which is part of me, yet seperate from my human nature. I think this is why so many great people like Ghandi, Victor Frankel, were able to become enlightened,in the midst of caos. This is what I consider self mastery to be, only discovered through loving thoughts. The rest of the experiences we try to control, only add to our confusion. Love and Joy are already our possessions, they only need to be felt, not controlled or mastered.

    13. Randy,

      Yes, it is great. I love this quote by Dr. John Demartini: When the voice and the vision on the inside become more loud, profound, and clear than the voices on the outside, you have mastered your life.

      Karen

    14. I sometimes think WHY did my life was so HARD?Not many people cared about me truly,many left me in my life,did terrible things behind my back,let me suffer instead of helping me etc.Well...it gave me self mastery!Many still try to jump on me but it is so much more difficult today.I want to be great,reach big succes and use all my power.That is what I am here to do.God!

    15. As always RG, profoundly out and correctly stated!
      And some great responses, too; how can anybody pursue the impossible (perfection) without at least having a short to medium-term goal (excellence) to shoot for first?

      Procrastination was always my downfall, maybe it was my "easy out" so I didn't have to confront worthiness issues or the fear of failure at what I wanted to achieve?

      But nowadays I'm always reminded of something our friend the late, great Mr Jim Rohn used to say: "Self discipline starts when nobody is watching"
      It helps keep me on track whenever, well - whenever nobody's watching!

      Oh, and I'll happily give a plug for Randy's Prosperity iPhone app: it's truly excellent, and it's where I'm reading and posting this from.
      Folks, go grab it in the app store if you have an iPhone - it's free! Thanks, guy I appreciate you.

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