To give it all you have, doing whatever you can to be your best is a choice. Each day, upon arising, we have the option to play this life thing anyway we want. We can play it close to the vest, we can play it straight, we can cheat or we can play “ALL IN.”
“ALL IN” for the business professional revolves around several areas: business, yes, but also the rest of our lives. To be truly “ALL IN” in life means more than just work. It means with the family, your body, your mind, your soul. It’s about balance, yet a sort of imbalance. What I mean is keeping your life in balance by having more than just work, but creating an imbalance to the same old, usual stuff by pushing everything to the limit. When was the last time you just totally “got after it,” to steal a phrase from Carrie Tolefson? When was the last time you didn’t worry about “what if” or “if only” and was truly in the moment?
Not an easy task, you say. Why not, I wonder?
A smart man named Jim Loehr taught me that the moment is “right here, right now, loving every minute of it.” And if that is my effort and attention level whether it’s the class I’m teaching, the slide I’m tweaking or the run I’m on, then I am there. If I can honestly seek the moment in all areas of my life and become committed to that individual moment, my (and your) excellence will be a by-product. A natural by-product. I’m “ALL IN.”
Last month I mentioned that halftime was coming. The midpoint of the year was upon us and it was/is a great time to gear up for the second half. Here’s what I suggest for the second half…..let’s go ALL IN!