Personal Development … Enjoy the fall!

The road to success isn't always up hill.

Ever have one of those days where something you’ve been working on *forever* finally fell into place? I had one last week where something came together in my golf swing, and I felt like I could have gone out and competed in the Masters! Boy howdy, isn’t it great? There’s hardly anything better than an achievement you get from weeks or months of concentration and hard work.

But hold on, Bucky! Did you know that there’s almost a fall after a big leap in understanding or ability? If you get time, check out George Leonard’s book entitled Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment. Leonard talks about the inevitable backslide after every personal success. He explains that the very course of mastery is one of plateaus followed by sudden insights or improvements, followed by slight regressions, plateaus, etc.

So when my golf swing felt so great as a result of paying attention to one seemingly minor aspect (by the way, it was the shoulder turn … just making sure my shoulders turned on the same plane on the way down as on the way up), I knew the following days weren’t going to be quite as much fun.

But knowing that would happen helped me relax and enjoy the new found feel of my swing, and to pay attention to other subtle aspects that fell into place because the one thing was right. If you’re forewarned, you’re forearmed, and when you experience a great day of success, be ready for the minor let down the next day. If you recognize it for what it is – another step in the direction of mastery – then you’ll be able to appreciate it and keep the feeling of forward momentum!

About Nicklaus

Nick has studied the martial arts and philosophies of Asia for 44 years, and has used their principles to start five successful businesses, including SEO Ann Arbor. He's an attorney, entrepreneur, consultant, and author of four books on martial arts, including Budo Mind and Body, which was featured in Black Belt Magazine. He advises a wide variety of businesses and individuals on marketing, motivation, mastery, success, and kicking your ass into gear.