Go All In!

May 18, 2023

My wife has framed a quote in our house from Roald Dahl that states, "I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. LUKEWARM IS NO GOOD." Mr. Dahl expresses it well, but it's not a new thought. The book of Revelation, written centuries ago, also addresses the issue of lukewarmness. Revelation 3:15-16 states, "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." In my opinion, both quotes emphasize the importance of pursuing the best parts of our lives without fear. This leads me to this week's thoughtson going all in.

Recently, my daughter faced a dilemma when deciding whether to try out for the cheerleading squad. Here are a couple of key details you need to know. First, at Sterling, the small school she attends, everyone generally gets to be on whatever sports team they choose. There is a distinction between varsity and junior varsity, but the goal is for everyone to learn and improve, with the possibility of earning a spot on the starting squad. However, cheerleading is an exception to this. They have a limited number of spots available each year, typically opened by graduates and transfers. Second, I firmly believe that my daughter is perfectly suited for high school cheerleading. I admit I am EXTREMELY biased, but she has a joyful personality, a great smile, intelligence, and athleticism, despite not being tall. Now that you have some context, let me share the rest of the story.

For months leading up to the cheerleading tryouts last month, she deliberated and wavered on whether to try out. She kept expressing her strong desire to do it but also feared that she wouldn't be chosen due to the high number of talented girls trying out and the limited number of spots available. A few weeks before the tryouts, she made the decision to go for it. She started stretching more and practicing her jumps. When the tryout material became available, she began practicing every day in our living room. We talked about the importance of practicing the way you intend to perform and the concept of going all in. We discussed the importance of eliminating self-doubt and gaining the confidence to approach the tryout with purpose and on purpose. When the day of the tryouts finally arrived, she gave it her best.

Oh, and yes, the effort my daughter put in paid off. She made the cheerleading team.

I’m thankful that you were willing to go to work today, that you took the time to read this, and for being a part of what makes Ag Partners the world’s greatest cooperative! 

Have an amazing day!