Early on, we struggle and strain against ourselves. But at some point we must recognize the self-imposed constraints holding us back. While these restraints make for an interesting narrative while anticipation builds, we must eventually accept our role and inherent abilities. We must shed the shackles and display our mastery.
And once removed, there’s an unattached effortlessness to our actions. Relentless exertion no longer captivates our consciousness. We must therefore look outward, sharing our mastery with the world. Instead of daily practice towards perfection, we simply perform for the sake of others.
Instead of believing in the difficulty of our tasks, we engage lightheartedly, we let go, allowing parts to glide into place. We trust in our talent, we trust in others, we trust in circumstances, and we trust in the goodness of every outcome. Trust allows our mind to remain unfettered, without worry, free to act in accordance with mastery.
Mastery happens when we synchronize with our surroundings — everything becomes easy. No longer treading against the current, we ride atop, rudder in hand, deftly navigating the flow. And realize, the effort underlying mastery is not directed towards the skill itself, but towards the attainment of unequivocal trust in our ability to perform — and ultimately, trust in the goodness of life.