Professionalism: professional status, character, or standards.
The general public seems to add the label “professional” to someone who has chosen a profession and has experience. We advocate a higher-level expectation for the true professional.
True Professional: person who seeks mastery and earned empowerment through trust in character and competence, preparing and persisting to develop fitness and habits to do the harder right well—instinctively—even under stress.
True professionals are members of a family, group, unit, team or organization where others count on them. Independence merges into interdependence. Accountability expands beyond personal integrity to trust from others.
Master Professional: professional who knows and does the right things instinctively, with excellence.
Like an Olympic athlete, the master professional develops fitness, capabilities, and instincts through preparation and practice over time until excellence comes naturally.
Dunn & Dyson
Application: “go with the flow” is good though should be earned. Plans and persistence toward desired results and habits help develop our instincts to do good things naturally, automatically. When we “go with the flow” without plan or preparation, we more often get pulled by outside influences that may not align with our best-selves.