Going All In
And then re-defining what it truly means…
Re-defining going all in
We’ve all seen it in the movies, an intense card game scene in Vegas, where someone scoops all their chips, pushes them into the middle, and says “All in”...
Even if it’s just a movie scene, you might feel your own stomach tighten in anxiety at the thought of the potential loss, the exhilaration of making such a daring decision.
Going all in in real life is similar, but we’ve also learned there are a few differences as well. Sometimes, it is like the movies. It’s a defining moment where you make a big, life-changing decision, like quitting your corporate job or deciding to invest in a coaching program.
But often times, the ‘all in’ moments are actually much smaller. In fact, it’s often a build up of small, but consistent decisions. It’s the late nights staying up to work on your passion project until it’s ready to be the full time replacement of your corporate job. It’s waking up an hour earlier every single day to make sure you have time for that workout. And it’s less about going all in for something, but going all in for yourself.
That’s what we’ve realized over the last 9 months. We’ve constantly been re-defined what going all in means to us and have come to realize it’s an ever evolving concept.
What we’ve realized is that going all in is kind of like if you were standing in a sphere of light, and then there’s a line where darkness starts and you can’t see what’s in the darkness.
Think of the old video games we used to play and the game maps you’d navigate. If you hadn’t unlocked a section of the map, it was simply blacked out. You had no idea what lay in store for you until you actually went into that section of the game.
Think of going all in like that. It’s not until you take the first step into the dark, that you truly learn what it looks and feels like. And often times, it’s very different from what you expected.
Going all in together
It’s different when you go all in with someone else. Kaid and I got engaged last summer and it changed everything! To intertwine your future, your goals, and your daily life permanently with someone else’s takes strategic preparation and execution. An exciting, but also daunting task.
Kaid and I have worked tirelessly to identify where we are today, where we want to be, and what we need to do to make it that way. And then we’ve gone all in together on trying to make that happen.
Here are a few examples..If one of us is focused on working out and staying healthy, the other helps out or joins in! When one is trying to stay consistent on sharing a story on social media every day, the other makes an effort to remind them.
So, the next time you think about going all in, realize that it’s probably not just one moment, but a lifetime of small decisions, habits, and plans put into action to help you consistently go all in. Lastly, it’s okay to redefine your plans and it’s okay to change your mind or bring someone else in to help you achieve your goals.
Going all in is a unique adventure to each and every one of us.
Our advice? Be sure to take a moment and appreciate the opportunity that you get to go all in on your dreams. It makes a difference!
Hope this helps in your journey!
Olivia & Kaid, the OK in @okworldtravel