Differentiating Between Amateurs And Professionals

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21 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Differentiating Between 
Amateurs And Professionals

It’s a very common question of most of us that why do some people live up to their potential, whilst others do not even scratch the surface of success? The answer to this dilemma lies within the difference between amateurs and professionals. The difference between amateurs and professionals is entirely based on their habits and mindset. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habits. But we can replace bad habits with good ones. Professionals have developed habits and routines that help them to stay at the top of their game. Here are some of the differences of the habits between amateurs and professionals: 

Amateurs wait to feel inspired,
professionals stick to a schedule

Amateurs only work and practice when they feel motivated to do so. They wait for inspiration or permission from somebody else, to take action towards their goals -to exercise, to write more and so on. But, professionals do not let their feelings dictate their actions. They intentionally create and stick to a schedule (rain or shine).

Amateurs focus on goals,
professionals focus on habits

Amateurs are obsessed with the outcome. They seek the instant gratification of quick results and look to sprint to success. They struggle with resistance and procrastination because of their intense focus on the end result. On the other hand, professionals treat success like a marathon and not a sprint. They focus on developing the habits that will naturally help them to achieve their goals as a by-product.

Amateurs strive to achieve, professionals strive to improve

Just like a recreational runner preparing for a marathon, amateurs strive for the achievement of finishing the marathon. After the marathon, the recreational runner no longer strives to improve their running. The achievement has now been reached, so the incentive to stay consistent with practice is very little. Alternatively the professional understands that an achievement is simply an indication of how much they have improved. They are focused on continuous growth and seek to find new ways to improve themselves.


Amateurs stall after failure, professionals grow after failure

Amateurs try to avoid failure at any cost. They fear criticism and worry too much about what people would think if they failed. Amateurs give up when faced with adversity and tough challenges. They lack the mental toughness to push forward and succeed. In contrast, professionals understand that failure is an inevitable and necessary part of growth. They treat failure and criticism like a scientist - discarding the irrelevant information and using the relevant feedback to become better at what they do.

Amateurs live for opinions, professionals live for the truth

Amateurs are easily swayed by the opinions and best practices of the majority of people in their field. The basis of an amateur’s decision-making is their belief that “I’m right because I have faith on myself.” Quite the reverse professionals actively question widely held assumptions about how things should be done.

If you are an amateur, turning professional is simple but you must abide by the two commandments of the professionals. Firstly, keep a schedule. A schedule is simply a pre-commitment to consistently put in your reps and hours in your craft. You could commit to 3 days a week of exercise or improving a specific part of your business. Just like any new habit, your willpower and ability to delay gratification will also affect your consistency levels. Secondly, you shall have the power to believe that you are a professional. To say that you believe you are a professional is not enough because actions speak louder than words. Prove to yourself that you are really a professional and do the things that a professional would do every day.