Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between successful people and people that are still struggling?

Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between professionals and amateurs?

There is only one skill that makes the difference!

There is only one skill that is so valuable that it would make you standout in any area of life, no matter what kind of competition you face.

I realized that amateurs do remarkable projects on an inconsistent basis, while professionals do a great job on a consistent basis!

Do you tell yourself you can only do great work when you are excited and motivated and that you cannot do it every day and all the time?

That’s the difference between a professional and an amateur:

Professionals CHOOSE to be excited and motivated every single day in life.

It doesn’t matter what you are trying to become better at, if you only do the work when you’re motivated, then you’ll never be consistent enough to become a professional.

The ability to show up everyday, stick to the schedule, and do the work — especially when you don’t feel like it — is so valuable that it is literally all you need to become better 99% of the time.

The main difference between professional and amateurs is their attitude towards how they approach their goals and plans.

Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work towards it with purpose; amateurs get pulled off course by the emergencies of life.

Being a pro is about having the discipline to commit to what is important to you instead of merely saying something is important to you.

It’s about starting when you feel like stopping, not because you want to work more, but because your goal is important enough to you that you don’t simply work on it when it’s convenient.

Becoming a pro is about making your priorities a reality.

Make no mistakes – becoming a pro doesn’t mean you’re a workaholic. It means that you’re good at making time for what matters to you — especially when you don’t feel like it!

It’s taking charge of your life and NOT playing the role of a victim and letting life happen to you.

Here are 3 steps in becoming a Professional:

1. Decide what you want to be good at.
Purpose is everything. If you know what you want, then getting it is much easier. This sounds simple, but in my experience even people who are smart, creative, and talented rarely know exactly what they are working for and why.

2. Set a schedule for your actions.
Once you know what you want, set a schedule for actually doing it.

Beware: Don’t make the same mistake I have made, which is setting a schedule based on results.

Don’t map out how much weight you want to lose each week or how much money you want to make. “Lose 5 kilo” is not an action you can perform. “Go to the gym twice a week” is an action you can perform.

You want to set a schedule based on actions you can do, not results that you want.

3. Don\’t break the chain
Stick to your schedule for one week. Stop thinking about how hard it will be to follow a schedule for a month or a year. Just follow it for this week. For the next 7 days, don’t let distractions get in the way.

Setting a schedule doesn’t make you a professional, following it does.

Don’t be a writer, be writing. Don’t be a business owner, do business. For one week, do the things you want to do without letting life get in the way.

Next week, start again.

Now I’m curious…

What schedule would you commit to, in the coming 7 days, that would put you on the track in becoming a pro?

by Vered