A couple of weeks ago in CREATE, we’ve were talking about going from an Amateur to a Professional, and discussing Steven Pressfield’s amazing book “Turning Pro” as our jumping off point to creating new behaviors that are in alignment with our Highest Self.
“When we’re living as amateurs, we’re running away from our calling—meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves.” — Steven Pressfield
And its interesting, that sometimes we think Becoming Pro means we have to work harder — its like we have some idea of “growing up” or “buckling down.” But what if becoming a pro was more about BECOMING MORE OURSELVES. As in, what is MOST in our heart? What most lights us up??? What if it was about honoring our child-like playful desires in the most healthy way? And then developing habits and behaviors that support that Light?
Steven Pressfield says, “The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones. We can trade in the habits of the amateur and the addict for the practice of the professional and the committed artist or entrepreneur.”
The thing with creating new behaviors is that we can do it a little bit at a time. Best-selling author Kathy Freston has a term for going vegan that she calls “leaning in.” As in, we don’t have to jump all the way off the cliff. We can go little by little, and start change one bit at a time.
So, as we think about coming into alignment with our best self, and creating habits that support that, we can think of little bits of change.
One way I like to think about figuring out what that might look like is asking our Highest Self, what is one action I can take, one new habit or behavior, that will get me pointing into the direction of where my vision is pulling me…
In a way, it can be like traveling and having a conversation with our Future Self… and saying, “Tell me about who you are. How do you create your life?”
What if we started there? How does my Highest and Best self want to spend their days? And then, little by little, we start moving in that direction…