The difference between Amateurs and Pros
“Stepping up when it’s annoying or painful or draining to do so, that’s what makes the difference between a professional and an amateur. Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.” - From The Power of Habit
Stop saying “I don’t feel like it right now”.
This doesn’t change sh-t. Even if you don’t feel like it, you can still do it. It just takes grit - mental toughness - to get yourself through those demotivating feelings.
Start doing it. Instead of dreading it. And then you get into the groove of actually doing it and zoning in.
Action leads to motivation.
When a habit is truly important to you, you have to be willing to stick to it in any mood.
The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom.
People who still show up no matter what will always win over those who only show up when they feel like it.
Consistency is the key to everything.
Consistency is THE MOST important thing. It trumps everything else.
Motivation is overrated. What you need to focus on is staying consistent over extended periods of time. Develop those Habits.
Consistency over motivation.
Whenever I feel a huge boost of motivation to do something, I make sure I do that while it lasts. Maybe it’s not as high priority as other things, but I feel a lot of motivation to do it. Like Competitive Programming, I chose to work on that over YouTube because I just felt so much motivation to become the very best.
Motivation makes an inconsistent partner.
The most successful people consistently do the thing they’re great at. They do it on easy days and they do it on hard days. They do it when they feel like it and when they don’t.
They’re not more motivated or disciplined, they have a better system.
Rituals unlock potential.
The best writers I know write every morning. They have a ritual around writing. The best athletes I know are also most ritualistic. Ever watch tennis? Watch how the players calm their mind before serving. Watching basketball? A shooter always has the exact same ritual before a free throw. It’s not just sports, the happiest couples I know have (ritualistic) weekly date nights. The best investors I know have the most rigid morning routine.
Extraordinary results come from ordinary actions repeated consistently.