At the end of an athlete’s career, he/she never says, “I wish I would have held back.”

If successful, an athlete most likely will say, “I’m glad I went all-out.”

Taking risks is a key element to success in sports and life. You need to get out of your comfort zone.

Do you want to be comfortable, or do you want to be great?

Today, I took a risk.

I emailed Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology. The guy is a rock star.

Part of me felt that I shouldn’t do it. Why would he want to talk to me?

But I did it anyway.

Not only did he respond, he shared some valuable resources with me.

Have you ever NOT reached out to someone who you thought wouldn’t give you the time of day?

Have you ever NOT hit a shot that you thought you might miss?

It happens all the time. But when that occurs, people are just training themselves to hold back.

Is that how you want to play the game?


Every day I see athletes playing it safe.

This is the wrong strategy.

Now, don’t get me wrong because there is a time to be safe, but for the most part it is better to go all-out than it is to hold back.

Jimmy Johnson once said, “Really it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great?”


“Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.”

How many times have you seen an upset in sports? The underdogs beating the favorites. It happens all the time. If you have nothing to lose, you go all out. If you are supposed to win, many times you are tentative.

It’s better to go all out and lose than it is to hold back and win. If you are the favorite, don’t ease up.

This applies to life also. Go all out in relationships. Go all out in your job. Your musical instrument.

If you give your best, how can you do any better?

At the end of the day, ask yourself, did I go all out, or did I hold back? Did I win, or did I learn?

Be happy with your effort, not your result.

That’s all you need to know and do.

Thanks for reading.