Last year I ran a successful year-long program called Powered by Hope. The intent of the program is to help you follow your creative dreams by powering your spirit with hope! I am glad the program was so well received. This year, in addition to new posts, I will also be sharing a few of the best posts from the program. One of the final posts. I hope this series has been helpful! Would love your feedback and insights.
When I was in the midst of trying to sell my narrative book proposal, I was terribly frustrated. Nothing was going the way that I wanted and I kept looking back at the (now seemingly) wonderful job I had left behind to become a writer. The frustration had begun to take over from the dream.
It was at this point that I met Chris Dorris. His focus is providing mental toughness training for everyone from CEOs to athletes. I called him to ask what I was doing wrong and why I was getting so frustrated. He taught me about the concept of ALL IN.
When we are fully committed to something—and I mean FULLY—we are at our most powerful. When we are infinitely committed, the possibility of not doesn’t appear on our radar or doesn’t exist within our consciousness. So our actions are as masterful as they can be. Infinite commitment is what I mean by the term, ALL IN! And it’s a state of mind. Just like anxiety is a state of mind. Or confidence. Or hopelessness. No human state of mind is as powerful and useful as the knowing, or ALL IN state. And every state is a choice, so I recommend choosing ALL IN!
He went on to talk to me about the fact that I was always looking back at what could have been; instead of looking at my obstacles as easily surmountable, I was looking at them as excuses and wondering about my decision to leave my job and become an independent writer. It sounds simple enough but it hit me like a ton of bricks. In my heart, I wasn’t 100 percent committed. I had a lot of what if’s that I worried about. I had a lot of anxiety. Instead of using my energy to further myself as a writer, I was using it to worry about my future, which, if you haven’t guessed by now, is a total waste of time.
Chris helped me refocus my energy and commit to my work and be ALL IN.
Are you committed to your dream project? Are you ALL IN?