Playing Full Out
When I first heard the saying “playing full out” it automatically took me back to my high school days, participating in school sports and extra-curricular activities. It wasn’t until this last year when I heard the phrase again, but this time it resonated with me differently and I wasn’t relating it to sports anymore. I was relating it to my life.
In today’s society, we see a lot of posts, articles, and videos on how to stay motivated to be successful. While all of those sources are great and have a lot of good advice, the truth is, sometimes we all just lack motivation. I know I do! It’s a part of being human. But what if I told you it’s not necessarily staying motivated that is going to get you far, but rather giving it your all, or “playing full out”?
Playing full out was a popular topic of conversation when I was taking classes to become a Life and Wellness Coach. While we were relating it becoming the best Coach possible, I was also relating it to my life and personal goals and intentions. If I am giving it my all and doing the best I can each and every day, how wouldn’t I be able to reach success? Makes sense, right? Take it back to playing high school sports. You can probably remember your coach telling you to play full out and that if you gave it your best shot, and still lost, it didn’t matter because you tried as hard as you could. Take that same mindset and relate it to your life and/or goals. If you wake up each and every day knowing you are going to give whatever it is, your best shot, then I truly believe there isn’t much room for failure because you were playing full out. And that is what counts. We learn from it and move on.
I strongly believe playing full out varies from day to day and from person to person. Sometimes playing full out means waking up early to cram for an exam, meet a deadline, or fueling your body with breakfast before you head off to work. It could mean staying at the office an extra hour so you don’t have to take your work home with you over the weekend. Or, playing full out some days could mean simply getting out of bed, making a hot cup of tea, and relaxing for the day. Playing full out is going to look different for everybody because we all have different goals and schedules. But one thing is the same when it comes to giving it your best shot, you have to really want it. If you are working toward something that truly doesn’t make you happy, then are you really playing full out? No, you most certainly aren’t.
Out of the many lessons I learned in my short twenty-four years of life, it is nothing worth having comes easy and no one is going to hand deliver it to you on a silver platter, so get out there and work for it yourself. Which will require doing everything I just talked about.
You don’t need an excessive amount of motivation or self-help books. You simply just need to go for it and don’t stop until you get it. Like I said, it’s not going to be easy but it will be very satisfying knowing every day you decided to do whatever it takes to reach your goals. So, take this post and use it as a reflection (you guys know how much I love reflecting). Ask yourself if, one, what you are striving for is making you happy? And two, if it is, are you giving it your best shot each and every day? If you answered no to the first question, ask yourself, what is it that you can do to make yourself happy and how can you play full out to get there?
It’s amazing to see how things shift and change when you alter your mindset to propel you forward rather than backwards. If you guys enjoyed reading this I would be happy to do a part 2 and share my own tips and tricks on how to play full out. Let me now!
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