"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." — Abraham Lincoln
The untrained mind is like a powerful eight cylinder engine. Six cylinders are unused. And the two the are frequently misfire. If that weren't bad enough. the driver typically has one foot on the gas, and one on the brake — at the same time. So it's hard to get anywhere. It's so bad that if you pointed out that someones acting defensively, they would get defensive; and wouldn't know what you are talking about. All of these problems have a root cause -- problems somewhere in the Ego or Unconscious.
At some point, we need to step out on a new path and take a hard look at ourselves, be proud of our strengths and pivot and focus on vulnerabilities. Self-mastery is about fixing weaknesses. This cannot be done by just reading textbooks or going to university classes to get a good grade. By technique, we mean it is something you can learn and practice to evolve into a skill.
Self-Improvement Principle 1: Develop The Immature Ego
"Be All The You Can Be" -- Advertising Slogan, U.S. Army
Know thyself — the words found at the entrance of the most famous of the ancient Greek temples: The Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Also attributed to Pythagoras, Plutarch, Socrates, and Thales.
You can have a Ph.D. and still have an immature Ego. Symptoms include:
And of course, arrested development (no, not the TV show).
"When I was a young boy I saw something beautiful near the farms' tool shed. Asking my mom what it was, she said. "That's a spider web." How beautiful it was glistening in the sun. Then I saw something a fly; stuck, struggling, trapped -- it could not escape." That fly reminded me of me. Years later I understood — my Ego was like that fly — tapped in web of false and limiting beliefs. -- M. Johannsen
Self-Improvement Principle 2: Purify The Unconscious
"I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” — Abraham Lincoln
You can't change what you don't know you don't know. This painting is titled "Unconscious To Danger."
As Freud and Jung and many other psychologists have pointed out, each of us have to deal with unconscious motivation — forces we typically lack unawareness of.
Sometimes these complexes run bad habits and function independently of conscious control. For example, many smokers find the decision to buy cigarettes made without really thinking about it. The same phenomenon applies to drinking, overeating and other habituated behaviors.Sometimes life installs bad "programs" in the unconscious. For example, a mother screams at a child in a moment of anger, “You will never amount to anything!” and installs insecurity.
Insight Meditation Meditation has many uses. One of them? To increase conscious access to the unconscious.
Most of the time, people connect with this individual to fix something going wrong in business. What begins as a business problem morphs into self-mastery issues.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -- Vincent van Gogh
The mind is not as unified as one might think. There are boundaries between its different parts. It's like there are two shores separated by water. On one shore there is the Ego, on the other shore there is the Unconscious. And for most people, there is no bridge between the two. To bridge the two, you have to set-up linkages.
“Greatness comes from doing many small things well. Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions. Together though, they add up.” — Edward S. Finkelstein
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Instructor Bio and Video
Murray Johannsen is founder and President of Legacee and The Legacee Academy where he heads-up the focus on high demand skill-sets not taught well (or at all) by most b-schools. These include the major competencies of: the skill of building skills, digital marketing, and transformational leadership. Murray also keeps one foot in the academia by serving as an adjunct professor at UCLA and other universities. Finally, he continues to research and publish on major developments in the future of work and 21st Century skills. He has a MBA from the University of Iowa and a M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University.