Consistency Over Outcome Is The Hidden Driver of Mastery

Mind the messy middle

Thomas Oppong

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Consistency creates skill. It’s the most underrated driver of success.

I can’t stress this key to mastery enough.

You can become a better creative artist or more successful at what you do if you focus on the process instead of the finite outcome.

A commitment to a better work process or system can do more for your career over the long term.

Robin Sharma explains it beautifully, “To arrive at a place called Mastery, you must commit to daily and rigorous practice. Enjoy practising your craft for its own sake without turning your attention to your ultimate destination. Understand, once and for all, that the journey is as important as the destination.”

A great start is knowing how you want to spend your time, who you want to spend it on, and what tools you need for the job. But ultimately, you have to practice your craft. You have to do the work.

If you feel stuck in your creative work, you are probably paying too much attention to the outcome and not enough to the daily practice.

It can be frustrating when we work hard and see no results. But that’s just not how becoming better at what you do works!

Mastery comes from making progress towards the desired outcome and finding joy in the process of getting there.

We live in a world where many people are taught to focus on the outcome.

We are constantly encouraged to think about what we want, what we need, and the conventional ways to get results. But the outcome mindset can take your attention from the details that matter.

It’s the messy middle that delivers the results we want

“What we call ‘mastery’ can be defined as that mysterious process through which what is at first difficult or even impossible becomes easy and pleasurable through…

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Thomas Oppong

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