How to Stop Being an Amateur

Stop Being an AmateurDo you ever look at someone who is really, really good at something and wish that you could be that good?

You can. It’s easier (and harder) than it seems. You just need to follow one rule consistently.

Stop being an amateur.

When you have a goal that you are trying to reach, ask yourself what a professional would do and do exactly that. Every single time.

Let’s start with a goal that many people have: trying to lose weight.

It’s not about will-power. It’s not about desire. It’s about working out every day because that is what the most successful people would do. The first time that you make an excuse, you are behaving like an amateur.

I know, because I do it.

In most instances, I don’t really care. I’m not trying to have the body of professional athlete. I’m not trying to be America’s Top Chef. I am, however, trying to be the best inspirational writer that I can be.

I’ve been writing Be-Mails long before blogging existed. It’s one thing in my life that has consistently stayed with me. And by consistently, I mean inconsistently.

I will start to write daily and then I won’t write for months. You know, just like an amateur would do.

Tonight, I wasn’t going to write. I wanted to watch a little TV.


I’ve reached a point in my life where I want my writing to move forward. I want to reach more people.

I want to be a professional.

So I’m going to be.

Three nights a week, my husband puts my daughter to bed. From 9:00 until midnight, three nights a week, I’m committed to working on projects that inspire me. No excuses.

What is one of your big dreams? Not all of them. Just one.

Pick one dream that you want to chase. Then block off time every week specifically for taking steps toward that dream.

And commit to that time. Commit to that dream. No excuses.

Dreams aren’t reached overnight and they aren’t reached without a plan. Treat this time like it’s your business. Start at the beginning and move one step at a time.

That’s what professionals do.

Post in the comments the dream that you are committing to and the time that you have set aside for it. Then do it. I’ll hold you to it.

And stop being an amateur. You deserve better.


If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!