The difference between Professional and Amature Part 1
I am writing a series of blogs on Amateur vs. Professional to understand why some people achieve their goals and others stare at them as far as they are from another planet.
Limited Time on Earth
You make yourself a perfect coffee and have 1 hour to focus on your work. But you forget to bring the water bottle, wash the dishes, water the plants, all the things you want to do you remember only when sitting down to work.
Are we not interested in working on our dream project? We sure are; then what makes us get lost in the moment rather than just sitting down and making progress.
It’s very tough to wake up repeatedly every day and do the same work. It takes so much patience and discipline. You have to be willing to put everything else to rest and focus on what is in your hand. The sand will always slip away; the more you try to hold on, the more it will slip.
I don’t want to scare you, but how much time do you have if you are at the age of 28 years and will live approximately 70 years. How much time do you have for work, apart from family, sleeping, office work, and personal life? If you give only one hour to your work and live 42 years more, you will have 15,330 hours to work on your dream project. I have read somewhere it takes 10,000 hours to master something.
You can think about how much time you have to make a difference. The professionals don’t wait for the above calculation or someone like me to explain that they have limited time on earth they already know. They put all the effort into taking action, not worrying about when and how they will die.
I want you to try to meditate on death. It may sound strange, but we have to go one day whether we like it or not it’s true. Death gives you perspective because everything falls apart at the door of death. There is an emptiness of desires, expectations, and responsibilities.
It would be best if you don't fill your mind with the fear of death. But this practice helps you kill ego that is more dangerous than any enemy you ever had. It can trick you into working on unnecessary things that are unimportant but will seem like the whole world to you.
We make the following mistakes while working or thinking about the projects.
- We see our projects as something we can achieve in a lifetime. We all think we have a pretty good amount of time with us that we can procrastinate on projects forever. Earn money; oh, I have a lot of time to do that, or I will when I am 40 years old; till then, I want to roam and enjoy life in every possible way. We don’t think, what if tomorrow one dies? There is nothing one can do after that moment.
- Why I couldn’t focus and was busy on social media all the time, social media is undoubtedly a curse and magic pill to humanity. I want to post a blog in medium but will get lost in other productivity blogs. It’s essential to be mindful of where you are putting your energy.
- What is it that we humans are worst at? Any guesses. Its prediction. Predicting how much time this project or work will take, we will always underestimate the time taking for it to do. If the work takes 4 hours, we will think it will take one or a maximum of two hours before starting the job.
It kills our passion because of this underestimation; we collect so many projects simultaneously that instead of giving us the inspiration to work on, they provide us with stress and anxiety to complete them on time.
I will share the same scenario from two different perspectives on how amateurs and professionals work in life.
Waking up and picked up the phone at once. Started scrolling through social media. He will first see what other people had done in the night when he was sleeping. After waiting much time in bed, he will rush to the washroom and move ahead in the day in a hurry.
During his commute, he either listened to songs or just slept because, at night, he couldn’t sleep as he was scrolling on social media. He will be sleepy and distracted at work, struggling to focus on one task; his hands will always move to his pocket to check the time or scroll on social media.
He comes home tired mentally and physically, not knowing he is in a loop. To break his pattern, he must notice he is stuck and be willing to break out of the loop.
If you think that morning starts when you open your eyes, you are wrong, my friend; allow me to explain. Professional knows if he keeps on waiting for some motivation or inspiration, he will be waiting forever.
His morning starts the night before. He has already planned what he will be doing after he wakes up.
He knows he has to get fresh and meditate, read, get a bath, prepare food, and leave for the office when he wakes. If time permits, he will let his creativity flow before doing anything else.
The professionals are clear about the moring how it will go. They can’t predict 100% of it but can ensure some structure to the morning.
The clarity of what is essential and what’s not will decide the direction of your life.
A few tips for becoming a professional
- Preparing a night before how you will structure your day helps in the morning.
- Keep the phone far away from your reach (if by any chance you have two phones, keep your social media applications in one and use the other one for productivity, free from distractions). If not, use an analog alarm clock.
- Meditate on death once a week or month.
- When you start work, sit with the intention of your goal for the session.