When I was three years old my mom enrolled me in dance school. The first day I remember hanging on the barre like a little monkey and chattering away with all the other little girls in the class. I was so excited for new friends and ballet shoes with pretty bows on them! I was also excited to learn how to dance. Well, the first thing we learned was not how to point our toes. We learned to stand quietly until the teacher began class. We learned to pay attention and to always look presentable, and we learned how to properly end class by walking up to the teacher one-by-one, curtsying and saying, thank you.

I have a great respect for my teachers and always have. I would even go as far as to say I love the traditions of reverence that have been in place since ballet began, but I also always wondered when I would finally be allowed to choose the color leotard I wanted to wear to class.

Errgh? “What’s she talking about!?”

From my first ballet class to my college graduation I was expected to adhere to a dress code. In college I remember all of us complaining that we still had to wear the same color leotard when real professionals could wear anything they wanted. It may seem like a small thing, but to us, not being allowed to dress like a professional felt like a denial that we were ready for the professional world. It felt like we were not good enough and looking back, I can see that it totally affected how I perceived myself.

Even if you have no dance training, you are familiar with the teacher/student relationship. We identify ourselves as students for 15-20 years of our lives. We learn and grow from those who have come before us and, of course that is an important relationship, and one we should respect.

If we want to be successful however, there comes a time when we have to decide to go Pro.

I heard a phrase recently that completely changed my game. It was a phrase that gangsta marketing genius, and (personal girl-crush) Marie Forleo said changed her game, so you best believe my ears perked up when she dropped this sparkly diamond :

“How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?”

When I heard this my world stopped. And while I was waiting for it to start spinning again, I had ample time to think about how that question applied to me. For me, that question meant,

Are my daily habits supporting my dream?

Am I being an example and a leader in my field?

How am I conducting myself around the people I want to work for?

I realized that I was stuck in the student mentality and no one is going to hire me if I don’t act like a professional.

Going Pro means taking FULL responsibility for your life and actions. It’s a subtle shift with major results.

I made the decision to behave as if I were the best in the world at what I do and guess what!? People are taking notice, namely a certain future employer 😉

Now a call to action. There is no quicker way to manifest change than by putting things in writing.

I want you to imagine you are an expert or a professional at your chosen field. Write down what that looks like. Be as detailed as you want. Have fun with it. Next make a list of all the daily/weekly/monthly things you do to keep you in tip-top form.

Mine include:

Take 2 ballet classes and 2 modern classes per week

Yoga and pilates as crosstraining

Quarterly massages for injury prevention

Anti-inflammatory, nourishing food

Seeing shows regularly for inspiration

Declare how you are turning Pro in the comments below. What steps are you taking to stay at the top of your game?

I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

Until Next Time Lovers 😉

Sam

 

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