Three Simple Factors To Remember…Especially When We Forget

8 Mar


I read something recently that stuck with me.  It said autonomy, mastery and purpose were three factors that lead to a better performance and personal satisfaction.  If you don’t know what these three things mean in detail, I’d like to elaborate on this subject, because it made sense to me.  Maybe it will make sense to someone else, too. 

Definitions of autonomy:

The quality or state of being self-governing; especially: the right of self-government

Self-directing freedom and especially moral independence

The state or condition of having independence or freedom           


Mastery is defined as:

Command or grasp, as of a subject

Superiority or victory

Expert skill or knowledge.



The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

An intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.

Determination; resoluteness.

The subject in hand; the point at issue.

Practical result, effect, or advantage.


These three things seem so simple, like common sense knowledge we should know; or maybe do know on some deep level that resonates within ourselves.  First, we need to realize that we are free.  I sometimes forget this.  We live in a world where we are able to say whatever we want, do whatever we want and yet so many of us fail to actually do what we want.  I know so many people that get stuck in situations that they don’t really want to be in.  It’s because we forget that we have free will.  We forget, but it’s the most important thing that we have.  People have had to fight for our freedom and so many of us let it go to waste.   We need to remember 100% of the time that we have the ability and power to walk away from any situation we don’t want to be a part of, just like we have the ability and power to go after things that we want.

Mastery; the second factor in better performance, is more challenging.  It’s not as simple.  It takes hard work to master something, like an instrument or a skill.  Nothing comes easy in life; that we all know.  We know from learning.  Nothing is going to fall into your lap and happen.  You have to make it happen yourself.  I always think that no one actually gives a sh*t about you, no one is going to spoon-feed you your expectations and hopes, so you need to work hard to get to where you want to be. 

Purpose; the third and final factor in leading to personal satisfaction.  More like leading to salvation.  Purpose is something we all have.  It’s according to the individual though.  Everyone is different, with a different path, a different purpose.  If you don’t fulfill things you want for yourself you’re never going to feel like you’re really living.  We all take tomorrow for granted when it’s never promised.  I’ve been trying to not take things for granted almost my whole life, and I still do.  It’s natural because we are a pretty spoiled generation. 

We all need to realize what it is we have to offer the world and put it out there.  I know I want to leave something more behind than just trash and regrets. 


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