Archives For Life
Habitual addictions are described by Mr. Pressfield as the mechanisms that give excuse to our amateur status. They allow us to make sense of our meandering as to not succumb to the pain of our shadow lives.
He mentions five | failure, sex, distraction, money and trouble. I’ve used them all to some degree or another at one time or another.
Culturally, there is so much disdain for addiction; for the addict, which has always fascinated me because the human race are all addicts in some form or another. We need look nowhere else but in the mirror to explore the mind and heart of the addict; however, the reflection of that examination is too raw and harsh and we instinctively look away.
If you’re following along, I mentioned maturity as my guess for what is behind turning pro really means. I did this, seriously, without looking ahead at today’s assignment. As if Mr. Pressfield has telepathically given me the cliff’s notes, the very first chapter in today’s reading said just as much.
“Becoming a pro, in the end, is nothing grander than growing up.”
In the chapters that follow, we’re presented with a very powerful “character” to illustrate amateurs – the addict. Powerful because I (and probably you) can identify wholeheartedly with him. He’s described as the “egoist”- turning everything into self-promotion.
I’m joining John Saddington (john.do) in a little experiment to see what a digital bookclub might look like and what we can, collectively, gain from a journey together. He has chosen [wisely] a book by Steven Pressfield called “Turning Pro” and part of the experiment is to write as much as we read. I’ll be doing that writing here.
Day 1 consists of just the first few chapters where Steven lays out the premise of what turning pro means, why it’s important and where the need to leave our amateur status behind comes from.
Over time, I have come to gain an in-depth understanding of how I’m wired. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know ALL there is as I still struggle to grasp my reactions to certain stimuli. What understanding I do have has come from a myriad of sources from formal assessments (recommendations at the end of this post) to just good ole time on the planet. And what’s amazing is that with greater understand comes greater confidence.
My friends over at dictionary.com define confidence as: full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing.
Confidence to me is being able to walk into a given situation and believe you will succeed ahead of time. Confidence puts a swagger in your step and it allows you to hold your head up high. It also helps to calm nerves and allows for clearer thought and action.