Hi, this is Mike Lipkin and welcome to this breakthrough moment. Have you ever been so good in a meeting that you amazed yourself? You say the thing that needs to be said, when it needs to be said, how it needs to be said. The people around you pause in admiration, acknowledging your brilliance. You look around you in wonder that you are the source of such wisdom.
That’s a Moment Of Sublime Skill (MOSS). It’s when one performs at the level that inspires others with an example of what great looks like. The higher your level, the higher the level of skill required to be sublime.
Sublime, rhymes with divine, demands sweat, tears and talent in equal measure. If we merely describe someone as “talented,” we mean they have a natural aptitude for the task. But talented doesn’t mean great. It means the potential to be great. To go from talented to sublime requires an evolution through 5 stages:
1. Novice: You’re new to the field. You’re just starting out. You’ve qualified to play. You’ve made it on to the roster. You’re learning your way.
2. Intermediate: You’ve graduated beyond beginner status but you’re not yet fully fledged. You’ve got clear momentum. You’re well on your way but you don’t inspire awe. You are not yet acting with the assurance that only comes with mastery.
3. Experienced: You’ve stood the test of time. You’ve sharpened your saw. You’ve demonstrated your grit and determination to succeed. You’ve been tested and tried.
4. Remarkable: You’re worthy of attention. You’ve demonstrated extraordinary performance. You’ve won the respect and admiration of key people around you. You’re poised for greatness but you’re not yet great, you’re noteworthy.
5. Sublime: You represent the game the way the game is meant to be played. You’re reaping the reward of all your flair and hard work. You’ve become a standard by which others are judged. You’re a WOW! You remind people of what is possible. You’re a role model.
In the martial arts, becoming a black belt means that you have reached the level of sublime skill. But within a black belt, there are ten dans, or degrees of skill. Being a first dan means that you’ve achieved your “beginning degree” in the journey towards tenth dan, a qualification that very few practitioners ever achieve. The point is not the realization of the tenth dan but striving to achieve it. This is Mike Lipkin. I am the Potentiator. And I approve this message.