An AMATEUR checks email, Facebook, and Twitter first thing in the morning. The professional avoids them at all cost (until their most important work is done).
A pro creates habits to enable success in the daily battle against Resistance.
A pro shows up in the morning, sits down, and gets busy.
An amateur sleeps in, or gets up early but has other things to do before the work.
A pro works.
An amateur tweets.
An amateur gives into these distractions multiple times a day.
And an amateur craves dopamine like a junkie craves heroin.
A professional recognizes that sources of distraction are toxic rocket fuel for Resistance.
An amateur runs on a hamster wheel of constantly seeking out new shiny objects before art can be created, value delivered and money generated.
A professional understands that he already knows enough to move forward, because momentum is the lifeblood of any creative endeavor. It’s where magic happens.
An amateur is stopped by their fears, lives for the opinion of others, is easily distracted, seeks instant gratification, lacks self-compassion, seeks permission, and will be ready tomorrow.
A pro shows up every day, acts in the face of fear, is dedicated to mastery, is not distracted, and does not wait for inspiration.
An amateur tries to change everything at once. A professional changes one habit at a time, bit by bit.
The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.
An amateur shows up on occasion. A professional shows up day in and day out.
An amateur treats the deal they made with themself as a negotiable contract. A professional abides by the terms of the contract.
Reading this far you probably KNOW whether you’re an amateur or a pro. And which one you want to be long-term.
Because turning pro is a DECISION.
It’s a decision to move from one list to the other.
Just like jumping from an airplane is also just a decision. If you’ve got your chute strapped on and you’re standing at the door, you jump, or you don’t.
Just a decision…
Just like losing weight, quitting smoking or fixing a damaged marriage. It only takes deciding, then doing the hard work.
Steven Pressfield claims that — like the day JFK was shot, like 9/11, like when your first kid was born — you always remember where you were the day you turned pro.
I started on the journey of full time digital information marketer on October 23rd, 2003.
In the beginning I got beaten to death by Resistance. It showed up every damn day and kicked my ass, like the amateur I was.
I flailed and thrashed and struggled for a decade before I turned pro.
As a pro, most days I win the daily battle with Resistance. I kick its ass. I show up, get to work, and ship.
But some days I lose the battle. I succumb to procrastination, or perfectionism, or self-doubt. And I get beaten to shit. It’s painful and frustrating, but I know, as a professional, getting my ass handed to me is only temporary.
I know that to defeat Resistance, to not operate like an amateur, I enlist the self-strengthening habits of routine, consistency, discipline, and a constant striving to “level up” my game, to get better, to ship art worth shipping.