Act Like You’ve Been There Before!

“When you go into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” – Vince Lombardi [unsourced]

I mentioned to someone at that gym I was considering going golfing later in the day.  He said inquisitively, “Working out and golfing in the same day?!”  To which I replied, “Sure, the pros do it.”  He said, “You’re no pro”.

He’s right, I know.  I’m no pro.  But do pros wait until they’ve turned professional to act like pros?  To do the things pros do?  No, I don’t think so.  You don’t begin acting or behaving like a pro once you’ve “made it”.  It’s behaving like a pro, e.g., training, studying, playing, etc., that ultimately leads to becoming one.

I’m wondering if this individual with whom I spoke has accomplished the goals he wished, hoped, wanted, or committed to accomplishing, or is at least progressing toward them.  If I were a betting man, I’d say I don’t know.  But because I’m not a betting man, I’ll go ahead and say no.

If you wanna be lean, you don’t wait until you’re lean to begin consistently exercising and eating lean proteins, colorful fruits and vegetables, “smart” carbs, and healthy fats.  No, it’s in the exercise and the eating of these foods (and eating them in the appropriate amounts) that will lead to leanness.

If you wanna lower your blood pressure, you don’t wait until you’ve lowered your blood pressure to exercise regularly, reduce your sodium intake, or eat a healthy diet of lean proteins, colorful fruits and vegetables, “smart” carbs, and healthy fats.  (Unless of course you’re cool with going on medication.)  No, you begin doing these things to lower your blood pressure.

If you wanna get stronger, you don’t wait until you’re strong to begin doing resistance training, e.g., calisthenics or weightlifting.  (Unless of course you’re cool with going on “medication”.)  No, you begin resistance training (and progressively overloading your muscles) consistently, and recover by getting adequate rest and eating a supportive diet of lean proteins, colorful fruits and vegetables, “smart” carbs, and healthy fats.  It is then you’ll get stronger.

Have you been holding yourself back by not [yet] behaving like the person, the “pro”, you’d like to be? Begin acting and behaving like that person and I’m sure he or she will show up. And maybe you can get an autograph!

Question: Who do you need to act like to be?  What did he or she do, consistently, to become a “pro”?