There's no mystery to turning pro. It's a decision brought about by an act of will. We make up our mind to view ourselves as pros and we do it. Simple as that.
– Steven Pressfield
Pressfield talks about being an amateur vs being a pro. And how it is as simple as flipping a switch in our heads about how we think of ourselves. And of course, the actions to follow.
As much as I've been reading and writing about these things for the past year, I am nowhere close to exhibiting any of these comprehensively. But I have gotten more reps in the past 12 months than in the previous 12 months. Maybe that's what it is? Or not. I don't know. But that doesn't mean I can sit around and wait for divine intervention and enlightenment.
If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.
– Bruce Lee
How does one differentiate between blind faith and pessimism? How does one have the confidence to push through, or when to call it quits?
is to listen well and choose
one course of action.
For a chronic over-thinker like me, the standout advice here is to pick one course of action. And then, remove pessimism. And keep chugging along. Confusion reigns when I second-guess and when I don't take a decision, even after all the facts are assembled. Then, it is simply about making a call. No amount of wishing for it to be the right call will make that happen. Only one way to find out - by making it happen.
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