ORIGAMI WINNER: Tamisha Ford is a writer and advisor who takes self-aware people on a personalized path toward the highest expressions of themselves.
In The Rise, by Sarah Lewis, she intricately defines mastery this way: “Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognant perfectionism an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success – an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved line, constant pursuit."
Mastery is curvy. She doesn’t stay in the lines nor does she like them. If she were a dating profile, she’d say “a little extra.” This is because mastery, by nature, is dedicated to building on itself – it never sees perfection as an end goal. Instead, it focuses on excellence and consistent movement & improvement. Mastery is known for its commitment to process. When it comes to our creative expression, embracing a mastery mindset
means liking the prefix “re”. Re-mixing. Re-mastering. Re-branding. Re-launching. Re-painting. Re-doing. And being totally okay with it.
"mastery gives us permission to do it our way..."
The style of perfection is best described by Anne Lamott: “Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are, and why we are here…”
Here’s the thing about perfectionism – it usually has good intent. If you’re like me, as a recovering perfectionist, it always came from a... read more