How to Practice Personal Mastery to Achieve your Vision

This is for anyone who is trying to create something.

This is for the artist who is trying to develop his body of work and share it with the world.

This is for the program director at a non-profit who is trying to create an innovative program to address an unmet need in her community.

This is for the business executive who is trying to create a new product line in their company.

This is for the bootstrap entrepreneur who, like me, is trying to create something of value from scratch.

If you have felt the uncertainty, depression, anxiety, fear, loathing, etc. along your journey, then this is for you.

If you have (supposedly) never wrestled with the negativity that comes with creating something, then this is especially for you! (stop lying to yourself!)

Episode 14 of the Working Together Podcast gives you a powerful tool to help you transform reality into your vision, Personal Mastery.

Personal mastery has two foundational practices:

  1. Clarifying your personal vision; and,
  2. Continually learning how to see current reality more clearly.

“Creative Tension” is the gap between your personal vision and your current reality—it is generated the moment that you see your personal vision as something that lies beyond your current reality.

Personal Mastery and Creative Tension in stasisThere is more to Creative Tension than just the simple diagram above. When you introduce time into the equation, Creative Tension looks more like this and a dynamic is created:

Personal Mastery and Creative Tension in time

These lessons have transformed my life. Have a listen to the episode to learn about how personal mastery and creative tension can transform yours.

Credit where credit is due:

  • Intro music: Kosmiche Slop by Anenon, licensed under CC BY 2.0.
  • All remaining transition and outro music from Bonus Beat Blast compilation, licensed under CC BY 2.0.
  • Personal Mastery is one of the five disciplines of a learning organization, outlined and discussed in Peter Senge’s classic book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. All five disciplines are interrelated, with the fifth discipline—”Systems Thinking”—being given special attention as it informs all the others. “Personal Mastery,” “Mental Models,” “Shared Vision” and “Team Learning” make up the other four. In this episode, I re-structure and distill Senge’s chapter on “Personal Mastery”. I left the other disciplines out, simply because I didn’t want to treat this as a book summary. It is absolutely necessary to wrap your head around the other disciplines, though, so I highly recommend reading the book. But, if you don’t have time and want to get the gist, you can start with these great summaries online here and here.


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