There was a phrase I heard a lot in music school that always made me ridiculously frustrated with myself.
“Amateurs practice until they get something right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”
It was so frustrating because it perfectly described my mentality when it came to practicing my instrument and my craft. I would get new music for orchestra or assignments from my private teacher, and of COURSE, I would practice them…
…but I wouldn’t REALLY practice like I needed to. I definitely wouldn’t practice like I was a professional.
I was an amateur through and through.
I would haphazardly hack through the notes until I got it to a “passable” enough level, and then move on (by moving on I mean… stop practicing). Probably because I was impatient, or easily distracted… squirrel!…. or both. I skated by on my natural talent but never put in the very real and necessary work to be a professional.
And you know what? I got exactly what I deserved throughout my time in music school:
-I didn’t win any auditions.
-I never got to play principal trumpet in the orchestra (which I desperately craved more than anything).
-I was never picked to play lead on any jazz chart.
-I was never chosen for any big solos with the major groups I played in.
All of that because I didn’t put in the work. I had the talent, but not the discipline.
I had an amateur mentality. I didn’t deserve it.
This is all a very strange way for me to do the following things:
1) Relive my musician days and get really frustrated at my younger self.
2) Help you realize that if you want something, you’re going to have to work for it.
Do you have a goal? Well, you better put in the work. I TALKED about being a professional trumpet player all the time, but I never acted like it. I got what I deserved.
Do you want to be known as an amateur box? Or looked upon as a professional box?
You better freaking practice.
-Practice your facility open/close system every day until you can’t get them wrong.
-Practice your retention systems until you can’t get them wrong.
-Practice your sign up/cancellation/hold systems until you can’t get them wrong.
-Practice marketing and content creation until you can’t get it wrong.
-Practice like a professional every single day.
If you have a goal, don’t act like music school Clark. That guy was an amateur.
Establish your goal, and practice every single day until you can’t get it wrong. THEN you’ll achieve those goals you deserve.
Let me know how I can help.
Author: Clark Hibbs
Clark is co-owner of CrossFit Yellow Rose in Houston, Texas, with his wife Rachel (a.k.a. The Boss Lady). In their short time being open, they’ve already grown the gym to near membership capacity, taken multiple vacations, and enjoyed the financial benefits that a profitable business can provide.
He’s also the Affiliate Solution coach for North America and is available for Private Coaching. More info HERE.