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If you’re following along, I mentioned maturity as my guess for what is behind turning pro really means. I did this, seriously, without looking ahead at today’s assignment. As if Mr. Pressfield has telepathically  given me the cliff’s notes, the very first chapter in today’s reading said just as much.

“Becoming a pro, in the end, is nothing grander than growing up.”

In the chapters that follow, we’re presented with a very powerful “character” to illustrate amateurs – the addict. Powerful because I (and probably you) can identify wholeheartedly with him. He’s described as the “egoist”- turning everything into self-promotion.

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I’m joining John Saddington (john.do) in a little experiment to see what a digital bookclub might look like and what we can, collectively, gain from a journey together. He has chosen [wisely] a book by Steven Pressfield called “Turning Pro” and part of the experiment is to write as much as we read. I’ll be doing that writing here.

Day 1 consists of just the first few chapters where Steven lays out the premise of what turning pro means, why it’s important and where the need to leave our amateur status behind comes from.

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I was turned onto this book by a dear friend who happens to be a psychologist. Our conversation that night was around why people do what they do. I was fresh off some training with some Franklin Covey guys where they used an illustration (Fig. 1) that shows our behaviors are shaped by our beliefs and those behaviors produces results that either reinforce or challenge our beliefs. Belief Behavior ResultsThe point is that if you want to see change in your life, just changing what you “do” won’t produce any sustainable results unless we also change what we believe.

That’s when my friend said I should read Gary Smalley’s book, Change your Heart, Change your Life. He went on to tell me that it was a book about just what the Franklin Covey guys illustrated and was, in part, a personal testimony of this life-change technique in Smalley’s life.

So, I picked up the eBook for my iPhone and started reading it, but I didn’t read it alone. I invited a friend to read it with me (HINT: accountability technique was just disclosed). In the very first chapter, I was hooked. If the rest of the book delivered on just half of what Smalley claimed to do, I would be a better man for it.

In essence, the book walks you through how to both identify the beliefs that shape negative behavior and how to replace them with Scriptural Truth and in essence transform your life into one that is described as “abundant” by Jesus.

In just a few short weeks, I was indeed thinking and believing things differently as was my reading buddy. We both saw how those new beliefs had an internal and external impact on our lives. I highly recommend this great little book that can help unlock the potential for the life God desires for us all.

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that this book contains the techniques and principles needed to kick that nagging behavior that is stealing life from you over and over. It is a must for men and certainly won’t be a waste of time for women.

I’ve enjoyed following Pete Wilson’s blog (withoutwax.tv) over the past several months, so when I had the opportunity to review his new book prior to its release, I jumped at the chance. In “Plan B”, Pete attempts to add some understanding to the valley (a favorite topic of mine) – the hard places where life doesn’t go as planned and we are forced to consider plan B.

I found Pete’s style and use of authentic examples from his life refreshing and helped to give the concepts much needed context. “Plan B” is a book everyone will be able to relate to since we all have experienced disappointment in life to varying degrees.

If you are tired of asking the question, “Why?” and not getting an answer, perhaps its time to gain a fresh perspective on life’s unexpected turns through Pete’s book. You can pick it up wherever Christian books are sold.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Booksneeze.com for allowing 500 copies of the book to be reviewed at no charge, which is how I got my copy.