Are You an Amateur or a Pro?


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I’m a fan of Marie Forleo and look forward to her video blog each week. This week’s post was a re-broadcast of an interview she did with Steven Pressfield. I hadn’t seen the episode before, and now plan on reading his book “Turning Pro”. Steven promotes a concept of “turning pro” in your life and with your habits. What does this mean?

“Turning Pro” means looking at your habits and things that you do and deciding if they are amateur habits or pro habits. If you want to be a better runner, is your training at the amateur level – you go out and run 3 miles a few times a week and wonder why you can’t hit your time goal – or are they pro level – you have a training and recover plan you follow and you get faster each week.

The thought of “turning pro” can apply to just about any aspect of your life – are you a pro at work or an amateur? Or you a pro with your family?  What about with your eating? Are you eating like a pro or an amateur?

If you want to feel your best, achieve your weight and body composition goals you may need to upgrade your eating habits to pro level. What does this mean? To me this is an individual thing and depends on your goals. If you want to lose weight, “turning pro” may mean logging your food, throwing out all the “junk” food in the house and working out 6 days a week.

If you just want to feel better by fueling better “turning pro” could mean planning your meals, taking lunch and snacks to work so you don’t hit the coffee and vending machines all day.

I want to challenge you to pick one habit this week and be honest with yourself about it – is it amateur or pro? If it isn’t pro and you want it to be, what do you have to do to upgrade it to “turn pro”?

I’d love to hear about what you’re upgrading to pro and how it goes!

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