Mastery … Consistency

I recently read these words from blogger, James Clear … 

“Really successful people feel the same boredom and the same lack of motivation that everyone else feels. They don’t have some magic pill that makes them feel ready and inspired every day. But the difference is that the people who stick with their goals don’t let their emotions determine their actions. Top performers still find a way to show up, to work through the boredom, and to embrace the daily practice that is required to achieve their goals.”


When I ate at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, I saw a place that is very much like most other places … only different. Excellence was visible in everything they do. From the green beans and gravy, to the gift shop goodies, the Loveless has chosen to embrace, not only simplicity and routine, but also consistency in the face of  all the things Clear describes. Don’t you think they have faced monotony? … Felt boredom? … Desired to search for the latest and greatest ‘magic pill?’

If you expect to achieve mastery, a commitment to consistency will position you to reach your goal. As you begin a new week I challenge you to make consistency, not circumstances, your focus. It’s a choice all masters make.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is the best example of consistency you have seen during the past month?

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Mastery … Routine

Yesterday we saw how those who achieve mastery embrace simplicity.

Another practice of top performers is they understand the power of routine. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that the Loveless Cafe has mastered the art of making biscuits … over and over, day after day, biscuit after biscuit.


Routines are underrated. Most view them as duty, never quite understanding their power. Have you taken the time to identify your routines? If so, do you approach them with diligence?

Aristotle once wrote, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Mozart is credited with saying, “It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”

There is a reason Aristotle and Mozart are still talked about today and viewed as masters. They both made the choice all great leaders make – they leaned into the power of routine.

Perhaps you should do the same.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is your favorite leadership routine?

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Mastery … Simplicity

My visit to the Loveless Café convinced me more than ever that those who are great, embrace simplicity.

Like so many others who have achieved mastery, my favorite new roadside diner does a few things well. Namely, their biscuits.

Loveless BiscuitsLike so many others who have achieved mastery, my favorite new roadside diner does a few things well.

If you’re looking for nouvelle cuisine or tasty Italian, this is not your place. But if fresh garden vegetables, biscuits and jam, and the best breakfast on the planet suit your fancy, Music City should be on your bucket list.

As you think about your work, do you do a bunch of things half way or a few things with excellence? If you truly desire to set yourself apart from your competitors, narrow your focus.

Leadership Begins at Home,


How important is simplicity for organizational effectiveness?

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