ALL IN is a mindset that forces you to discard your excuses and live up to your potential. Follow these rules and start embodying the characteristics of successful people who go ALL IN, ALL THE WAY, ALL THE TIME.
- Create a vision for your life. If you don’t know what you’re working towards, then you’re working on someone else’s dream, not your own. Take five minutes right now and write down your vision for your life. It must be clear, focused and quantifiable. Wanting to “make a difference in the world”doesn’t count, because it’s not targeted and you can’t quantify your progress. Besides, everyone says that. Your vision needs to be specific: I want to get into graduate school. I want to become a leading expert on LGBTQ issues. I want to change careers and will apply for 10 new positions a day. You’ve got to be specific. Write down your vision, say it aloud and then make sure everything you do moves you closer to achieving this vision.
- Success is maximizing your potential. Success is not about obtaining a degree, a job or a new title. Do you have a B.A.? So what? Did you reach your potential? Started a new job? So what? Did you reach your potential? Success is a dynamic state of mind that forces you to ask yourself: Can I do more? Can I achieve more?And the answer is always YES. Yes, you can. Make the first move, read this book, do the exercises and I’ll get you there.
- ACT NOW. Learn to work with the pressure and necessity of NOW. What can you do now? Not tomorrow, not next Monday, not next month—but now. What can you do now to achieve your potential? Now.
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The #1 thing you must sacrifice in order to achieve greatness is your obsession with being comfortable. Get used to the butterflies, the nervousness, the anxiety, and the stress. Because if you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not taking enough risk in your life.
- Beware of mediocrity.If you’re not EXCEPTIONAL in your work ethic, your dedication, and your passion then you’re mediocre. You might as well just find some 9-to-5 job that you can punch in and out of. Mediocrity is all around you. If you’re not phenomenal or remarkable in what you’re doing, then you’re doing something wrong.