Amateur or Professional?

Is there something you really want to achieve, but are challenged making it happen?

I’ve been there.

When I left the corporate world, I knew I really wanted to be self-employed and to work for myself. Although I threw my heart into it, my first business wasn’t sustainable.

Along the way I read Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art: Break Through Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.

Many of Pressfield’s ideas really struck me. And, in particular, he explains that, “The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.”

It got me thinking and I asked myself, “Could it be that I have amateur habits?” That was a difficult conversation to have with myself. But I had to be honest. I wanted my business to succeed.

I made the commitment to step up several notches, to being a professional.

“We can never free ourselves from habit,” writes Pressfield. “But we can replace bad habits with good ones.”

I had to change my habits. Think in new ways and show up in new ways. Like a professional.

Have you ever considered whether you are an amateur or a professional at what you do?

This week, I encourage you to make the decision to do it like a professional!

Have a happy and productive week!

Very best,

Stephanie

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