Is living like a pro just a motivational saying?
We’ve heard “like a pro” a lot on everything from car commercials to products of every kind to represent the idea of doing things at our best to the highest levels as our performance culture swings into full gear.
I love the campaign from GMC around Living Like a Pro. Watch it here.
Like a pro is a term you will hear a lot about here to at Performance Lifestyle [PL] but for a deep and specific reason, not merely marketing.
Its origin comes from where the whole idea of living a performance lifestyle came from, in professional athletics, which underscores a commitment to a way of life that directly links your lifestyle with your success in life, and broadly that’s what we’re all about; living your life like a pro.
But what if, in the marketing of performance lifestyle, you see images about athletes, and you’re not a sports athlete right now, meaning, you don’t participate in sports and aren’t even a fitness enthusiast?
For many people coming into a performance lifestyle, while they can relate to the whole idea of why athletes and other healthy, high-achieving people perform, look and feel the way they do; living their lives “like a pro” changes all of that.
Too many of us are “driven and drained,” tired, suffering from fatigue, and coping with stress in ways that create more stress, etc. So the whole idea of living like a pro by thinking and living like an athlete may at first feel a little daunting.
Some may walk away and say, “this is not for me.”
But keep in mind that athletes are regular people too, and they also get run down. Here’s a great story I saw recently from a Tour De France Cyclist that goes into the overall experience we help parents, business professionals, and creative artists alleviate. It’s the downward spiral because we ignore the signs and symptoms of overworking; in the same way, an athlete may be overtraining (as that is their work).
It’s a telling article. I like how it references the authentic downward spiraling experience that a world-class athlete can go through, but everyday achievers often regularly overwork and over engagement.
The primary problem we are solving is fatigue, helping people recover from excess stress, learning the skills, and living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even their most ambitious goals.
Athletics is not just a source of inspiration from the one population that directly links their lifestyle with their energy, health, performance, and success in life. Still, athletic insights point out that we are all athletes and can also learn from what sports athletes can teach us.
We are not trying to convert people into competitive athletes; we are, in part, teaching how athletes approach life.
The PL approach helps people transition from going on diets and trying to stick to workout programs and wedge the latest information from all the health and fitness magazines to make up for lifestyle issues, towards installing the mindset and skillset to thrive. Ref: the Performance Lifestyle mindset and skillset.
We use the metaphor and experience of athletics to start thinking and living like an athlete or “like a pro” to transform our outlook. One could say that living a “performance lifestyle” is living the natural experience of life proactively.
Athletes are regular people, too; they have a different game than, say, a small business owner or executive that most of us can relate to because we “watch” them play. Many of us have athletic experience from back in our school days.
If you remember, athletics is where real performance is desired and supported and is not confused with productivity (results) alone, as it is in most non-athletic environments. It’s also a model to begin employing the full gamut of performance mindset and lifestyle skills for better results in our lives.
What we call “Performance Lifestyle,” a good percentage of athletes don’t even know. They are succeeding despite having an optimal lifestyle, which is why we are also serving people with recreational or sporting pursuits. Regardless of what you are up to, the lifestyle science, principles, and practices are the same; only the strategy for you will change. For example, many athletes lose their performance edge, because just like non-athletes, their sleep is compromised daily.
They may be pros, but they are not living like pros, out of alignment with successful living fundamentals.
Living your life “Like a Pro” means to PROgress, which means having a philosophy or approach to living, accomplishing, achieving your goals, and improving your performance.
- Perhaps the first time in your life, you will set standards, boundaries, rules, goals, etc., for how you live, starting with managing your energy. That statement is enormous, with so much packed into it, as simple as it sounds. Even elite athletes need to learn more about this.
- You will also start to learn the optimal performance state so that you get free of all the wasted time so many of us invest in thinking that leads to depression, distraction, and difficulty. “Thinking” that’s mired in criticism, comparison, and competitiveness (not the sporting kind or healthy levels in business and life that reward the prepared person) performance addiction ultimately suffocates the idea of living a lifestyle that supports you and what you’re up to in the world.
- And ultimately, you end up living a lifestyle that supports you and what you are up to in the world. That’s a Performance Lifestyle. It’s inspired, educated, and supportive, dynamic, and resilient. It knows what to do, how to do it, and why, so you do it at the level, intensity, and consistency that meets your needs and delivers your wants.
This site published by Lifestyle Coach, John Allen Mollenhauer “JAM” founder of Performance Lifestyle Inc.