We all know that when someone gets paid to play a sport, they are
a “Professional Athlete”.
Yet, we many times see these “profesionals” skip out on their practice time, or give less than their all or best.
These aren’t the professionals.
The professionals aren’t the ones who aspire to be the Star.
The professionals are the ones who come to work to WORK.
They do whatever it takes to accomplish the task. And they do it day in and day out, every day.
They Don’t Quit or Give Up.
If we want to get paid for our chosen work, then we need to put on
our Professional Pants and go to work.
Don’t have enough work?
Put on your Professional Marketing or Salesman hat and drum up business – more business than you can handle all at once. Then you’ll have a scheduling problem to solve.
Having a Production problem?
Get to busy figuring out where the bottlenecks are and how you’re going to fix them. Widening those bottlenecks get stuff moving, and costs go down for more profits.
The problem we self-employed have is that we don’t recognize the
importance of being a Professional in all we do for our business.
I’m guilty of letting my Inertia guide me, not my business needs.
So, I have to overcome this inertia all day long so I can do the
important work of my business. It is easy to get distracted, and
professionals don’t get distracted, so I strive to do better.
I have to SEE my Target so well I can feel it and taste it.
I have to FOCUS on my Target to the exclusion of all else.
I have to AIM and SHOOT at my Target to Hit It.
I have to HIT It until I Hit it.
Start, Continue, Finish.
For a Good Read on Being a Professional, get Steven Pressfield’s
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
It has helped me, that’s for sure.