In sports, business or any performance, there is a progression to commitment and achievement.
Consider the following levels of progression:
A duffer is someone who does not care about the performance and really has no interest in learning more about the sport, craft or profession. They participate for fun, and that’s it.
A dabbler makes more of an effort in short bursts but has a tendency to lose interest over time. If you look in their garage, they have nice golf clubs, a great mountain bike, and all of the “right” clothing for both. But they are not truly committed to either of these, so their interest fades.
A player is someone who really starts to hone in on the essence of the performance. They begin to bring accountability on a daily basis. Accountability is equal parts passion (to choose your suffering) and discipline (to be a disciple of what you have chosen to suffer for). A player is committed and competitive, always looking for ways to improve their game.
A champion is someone who has moved past simply using their talent and intuition and is starting to employ strategy and tactics. They are less worried about how they look or who gets the credit; they are more concerned with winning. Champions are people who will do whatever it takes to get a desired outcome.
A master is a game changer, a once in a lifetime individual. Either they rewrite the record books or, literally, others have to adjust to their performance such that the game is different forever.
Where are you on this progression as it relates to your career? It is always good to check in and see!