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I know game well.
I also know - and too often forget - "all or nothing" game is one big illusion. The reality is as author Richard Bach writes:
"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but mark of a fake messiah."
Further, words of Ralph Waldo Emerson suggest:
"No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way you will open door by which affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you."
To me, message is clear. Be myself. Completely. Always.
Speak my truth. Passionately. Authoritatively.
We get to "big game" only by giving our all in "little games." If we don't play "all out" when stakes are low, can we really believe we will when stakes are high?
General Electric CEO Jack Welch was recently asked by a Fairfield University Business School student what advice he could give regarding a successful business career in today's world. His reply, which he repeated 3 times, was simply: "be yourself."
Do you play? The "all or nothing" game - do you ever play it? Take a good, hard look at your life.
If so, these words - again from Richard Bach - are cause for contemplation:
"Every person, all events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you."
See, what I believe is that each moment presents us with an opportunity. It's opportunity to authentically and passionately express totality of all that's within us. All that we've been created to be.
The Creator yearns for it. Begs for it. Waits for us to be all (s)he's created us to be. That's real game. The biggest game. Those are highest stakes. That's when we're most fulfilled. Most complete. Most abundant.
The world waits for it. Just as world waited for other great leaders. Leaders like Jesus Christ, The Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa and Winston Churchill to name a few.
The world is waiting for YOU. So, don't play "all or nothing" game. Be yourself. Always. Speak your truth. Passionately. Authoritatively.
Give all of who you are. In each moment.
It's Your Life! Make it Great.
Michael D. Pollock is an Executive Success Coach. He works with business leaders, managers, executives and entrepreneurs to help them make a profound impact on the world while achieving a new level of success and fulfillment in their own lives. To learn how he can help you and/or your organization, visit his website at: http://www.michaeldpollock.com.