What it means to be “all in”

Some are not thrilled about their jobs, or certain aspects of their jobs. And they focus on those things.

It can be fatiguing and debilitating to be so very mindful of everything that’s wrong with a situation.

But before jumping ship, I want my clients to be **100% ALL IN** in their current job.

What exactly do you mean by “all in”?  

This means you take the approach of no excuses. Nothing is someone else’s fault, nothing someone else’s problem. You take the approach of full responsibility, full accountability, in every situation.

That’s impossible. I can’t be responsible for EVERYTHING. I can’t control what others do or don’t do.

That’s right. But I bet you have a lot more control over what YOU can do than you have thought about or tried. You do not have to do someone else’s job, but if someone else on the team isn’t delivering and is struggling, are you doing your part to support them? Is your goal only to do what you are told to do spectacularly well, or are you working with others in any available capacity to SOLVE the problem?

I have no time to be “all in” – how am I supposed to take full responsibility for everything I’m dissatisfied with and still get the work done? 

It turns out being “all in” has a direct effect on your productivity, you efficiency, and your effectiveness – and probably your mood and outlook. Does it take more effort? I would say it takes different effort. Does it have an impact on actually getting things done? Yes, absolutely.

Why on earth do I need to be “all in” first? I’m not happy here, I can leave. 

True, you can, no question. But the benefit of leaving after you’ve had an “all in” approach means that you are able to walk away assured that you engaged your power to its fullest capacity. When something is someone else’s fault or responsibility – and it makes you dissatisfied or unhappy – you are giving them power over your own experience. Being “all in” takes 100% of your power back. And it also has a side effect of neutralizing your negative feelings about the job. Taking full responsibility means that you are managing everything within your control. Fantastic.

Learn to be “all in” in any situation, and you learn an incredible job skill that will serve you throughout your career. 

You will never suffer from “the grass is always greener elsewhere” syndrome. You can never fully predict all the environmental conditions in a new job. The only thing you can be assured of is that you will operate under different conditions. Knowing how to be “all in” and neutralizing negativity will serve you well under any circumstances.


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