Amateurs vs. Professionals

It doesn’t matter to me in what context we are referring to someone as a professional, I have grown to deeply respect professionalism.  For me, there is little practical application in being able to shoot a three pointer, cook a gourmet 5 course meal, or write a compelling, riveting book.  But just because I find little application for myself in these things does not mean that I don’t admire the professionals that achieve these feats seemingly effortlessly.

We all see the difference between an amateur and a professional.  But what lies behind the scenes?  How do the pros get so much better than the rookies?  Let me make a few suggestions.

The Big Difference

It does not matter if you are trying to build a multi million dollar company or lose 20 pounds, if you only work at these things when you are feeling motivated or “inspired” you won’t work at them consistently enough to reach the professional level.

My take on professionalism is this: pros show up every day, stick to the schedule, and DO THE WORK, even if they don’t feel like it.  Actually, especially when they don’t feel like it.  That one thing, sticking to it when they don’t feel like it, is seriously all it takes for them to be better than the vast majority.

Well If That’s All There Is To It…

Lets hone this in on fitness.  When I show up every day and push myself to do every last rep of every last movement in whatever is up on the board, I get in better shape.  That’s how I’ve seen the pros do it.  I assure you all that there are days when I don’t feel like it at all.  Sometimes I feel as though I need to get other things done, and could stand to take a rest day because “it’s just running and air squats.”  However in anything in my life that I have gotten better at, it is because I did it consistently, whether I felt like it or not.

See this is a very simple concept, but it IS NOT easy.  Our emotions are strong, and as adults we are the only ones responsible for handling them.

The Attitude Of A Pro

Attacking your goals professionally is no easy task.  It is so much easier to only work towards things when we feel inspired or especially motivated.  Relying on inspiration is a very inconsistent and shaky model though, and likely won’t get you to your goal.

Professionals stick to a schedule and amateurs let life get in their way.  Professionals have made themselves aware of what is important to them and they go after it with purpose and diligence.  Amateurs get sidetracked by life’s distractions.

Be A Pro At The Gym

From my observations at gyms I’ve been to, pro’s exhibit the same characteristics.  They listen when a coach talks, they thoroughly warm up, they rarely complain about anything, they have fun, they work hard, and they show up more consistently than the amateurs.

Like I said, simple concepts but make no mistake about their level of difficulty.  Be a pro people.  Make time for what matters to you, especially when you don’t feel like it, and don’t let life’s little urgencies victimize you like an amateur.

The O-Board Says…

2 Rounds
25 Deadlift
20 Over the Bar Burpee

Rest 2 minutes

3 Rounds
400m Run
20 Toes To Bar
10 Strict Press

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