Many of you that I have spent time with in 2013 have heard me give the same response over and over again when asked if I want to join in on a certain activity or adventure. The reason the same answer keeps coming to my lips is because it is proving to be the right answer. Three little words have led me to witness the formation of earth right in front of me, start my work days off with powder skiing, fish for crabs in the middle of the night, and paddle 3 great creeks in one day in the most beautiful mountains in the western United States. What is the magic answer you ask that seems to be my golden ticket to amazing experiences? Simple, say it with me, “I’m 100% in!” Say it again “I’m 100% in!”
A willing heart is hard to come by these days. Especially if the outcome is unknown. I have no problem finding an adventure partner to go skiing at a local resort on a powder day. That is standard stuff. Almost everyone is willing to go for it when the payout is guaranteed. Even when you are sure to win, we do not always commit due to laziness or lack of motivation. Being 100% in is valuable when you are stepping into something new or where an outcome in uncertain. Snow could be bad, weather could turn, and there maybe nothing to see once you get there. But to risk sounding cliché’, the adventure is in the journey.
Often times the highlight of using this answer is not the opportunity you commit to. It actually is seeing the response of the one asking the question. A lot of people throw out ideas knowing that no one is going to agree to go along with it, but when you do, a smile grows big on your friends face and you can instantly see the stoke machine start revving its motor and getting everyone’s energy level up. That is a great affect to have on people.
One of the biggest hurdles for people to get over is that in their own mind they think that they are the type to try anything or be willing to jump right in but when it comes down to the moment, they find a reason to hold back. While Becky and I were living in Hawaii my mother in law and father in law visited us for a week. We had a great time showing them around and doing all the standard Hawaii stuff. One evening my mother in law mentioned that she feels like she backs down from activities too often when she is on vacation and leaves my father in law to do them on his own or with other members of the group. She committed to herself not to back down on the next activity. With that in mind my father in law quickly booked us all to go skydiving the next day. True to her word, my mother in law followed through. This may sound terrible but the sight of seeing my mother in law get pushed out of a plane at 14,000 feet is a highlight in my life. She committed to be 100% in.
Here is a quick test I developed (very scientific) so you can see for yourself if you are 100% in.
– When you see the ocean, do you touch it with your toes or jump right in?
– When you see a beautiful mountain do you enjoy the view from your car or start running towards it slopes?
– When someone asks you if you have plans for the weekend, what is your response? (hint: it should never be “nothing”) Even if you have to work, you should be 100% in.
– When was the last time you had an opportunity to go someplace new, did you go?
The benefit of going 100% in is learning how to truly experience and process opportunities that come our way. You get a better understanding of the world around you and increase your knowledge more rapidly. Not every opportunity is a fun one but I can tell you that only going 50% in on an activity that you are not 100% stoked on decreases your overall pleasure by 63%, 100% of the time. (All the above stats are proven fact and data is stored in the archive know as my brain).
The last 10 years I have met lots of new adventure partners and formed some great friendships with some. One of the greatest attributes of those that I am drawn to is their willingness to get after it and try new things. I find my wife very sexy because she lives 100% in. She is always willing to go along with whatever opportunities we can create. This has helped us to see the world together and experience things that have strengthened us as a couple. I hope to pass this attitude on like the plague. Ever since I took this on as my go to response, I have been energized, focused and pleased with the outcome. Although my expectations have not always been met, I have not yet been disappointed with my decision to lose a little sleep, skip a meal, work late into the night just because I chose to be 100% in. Here are some pictures of what going 100% in has given me in the past 6 months. Thanks to all you reading this that are also 100% in. You are making a difference in my life and making me a better person.