Going All In

What does it mean to you to be “all in” as a leader? Have you ever heard the expression, “Leave your emotions at the door?” How does this reconcile with being all in?

Being all in is actively practicing authenticity every day. Opening ourselves to be fully seen, dropping the veneer, heavy baggage, and protective armor. Stepping out of our comfort zones and into the arena with courageousness and vulnerability. Growing emotional self-awareness, clear about your values, your strengths, wants, and next steps. Growing your situational awareness, sharing your passion, vision, and goals with others, inviting their support and being open to receive input and feedback.

What holds us back from being fully committed and all in? What keeps us from running our best race? Our own internal critic and self-talk can hinder our progress. Perhaps we are blocked by some self-limiting beliefs or learnings that may have served us well in the past, or an identity statement like “I’m reserved”, for example. What are you reserving yourself for? There can also be external factors keeping us from being all in. Is the organizational culture a safe environment?

Dr. Brené Brown defines vulnerability as taking risks with uncertainty and emotional exposure. We can either choose comfort or courage, but not both. Being all in, sometimes we will fall and experience hurt or a conditioned response. However, the upside is enormous. Vulnerability is the most accurate measure of courageousness, and the birthplace of love, joy, empathy, belonging, innovation, creativity, and change.

When we turn the page to open up a new season, year, career, or life chapter, embark on new projects, challenges, roles and responsibilities, we let go of some of our past as we move toward the future with anticipation of new beginnings. What do you want to let go as you step into this new chapter of your life?

As we begin another trip around the sun, it is important to make each and every day count. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and prolific author of “On Death and Dying” once said, “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.”

What are your hopes and dreams this year? Do you have clarity of what you want, short and longer term? Clear attention, and intention, of what we want drives our behaviors and actions to positive growth and change. With clarity of our goals, we are open to explore options and move toward solutions. We identify resources, tools, and processes, and eliminate distractions, that enable manifesting our goals to reality.

Challenge yourself to go all in this year, to live each day to the fullest. Step into uncertainty where growth can occur without knowing the outcome, risk being your authentic self and let others fully see you.

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