How awesome is the Lego movie? I’m not just saying that because according to everyone in the Lego Universe “everything is awesome.” I just think it’s a great movie!
Anyways, there are these Master Builders that are capable of building anything without instructions by simply using their imaginations. The main character, Emmet, is not a Master Builder initially and thus many of the other characters are unimpressed with his ideas and skills as a “traditional” Lego builder who needs to follow instructions to build something.
Eventually, he gains the same powers as a Master Builder. It didn’t happen overnight. And he didn’t do it alone. Emmet needed support from his close friends and the guidance of Vitruvius (another Master Builder) along the way.
What got me thinking about this is a concept I read in a book titled “Mastery” by George Leonard:
Mastery is built on long periods of practice without tangible results, which lead to bursts of improvement, which then give way to steady, deliberate practice once again. The journey toward mastery isn’t shaped like a steep incline, but rather a series of plateaus punctuated by spurts of progress. Learning to love these plateaus is essential to achieving mastery.
Emmet’s journey to becoming a Master Builder is a bit condensed to fit within the timeframe for a movie, but your journey to becoming the Master Builder of your own health and lifestyle will be more like the description of mastery above.
Expect there to be long periods of time where you feel like you are making little-to-no progress, and at times maybe even moving backward. But, those experiences are where you can learn from and experiment with your approach, and then evolve to a better state.
It will involve tweaking your lifestyle in different areas, as you build up better habits that work specifically for you. Then you will find your “sweet spot” and hit a spurt of progress, to then find the next plateau.
Keep in mind that finding those plateaus is a good thing because it means your body has fully adapted and is ready for something more challenging.
At that point, you will have already gone through this cycle at least once, and as you loop through more cycles, your Master Builder skills will continue to get stronger.
Where you go from there is simply up to your imagination and no longer what you or someone else previously thought was your limit.