I’ve heard a lot of commotion and concern lately as my local NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, have floundered a bit of late. Early in the season when they were 4-2, everyone was buying in to the Pete Carroll mantra of “I’m in!” Basically, what it means is that when you express this pithy (yet powerful) commitment, it means you are all in with the team. No excuses, no complaining, no finger-pointing. It means you’ve made an all-out, all-inclusive commitment to the team.

That’s easy when things are going well. How about when they aren’t?

The concept of “I’m in” is best exemplified in tough times. Everyone is on board when you are winning and everything is rosy. The true test of character is if you are consistent when the going gets tough and the tough need to get going. I will leave it to Pete Carroll to influence his team. I’m here to hep you!

It begins at the top. Are you showing this type of faith to your organization? Are you exuding confidence and role modeling behavior for your employees, your clients, your supply chain, your investors, and your prospects? If not, the change begins with you. Now, you may or may not be the CEO, but attitude has a trickle-down effect. You can’t control what happens above you, but you can control yourself.

This concept of “I’m in” applies to all walks of life. Each member of the high school basketball team I help coach exclaims “Viking in” at taps the sign above the gym door when entering the court. What about at home? Is your home team committed to this concept?

Life and business aren’t always rosy. If you’re committed to your organization, your employer, your family, and/or your friends, then commit all out. Be “in” when times are good, and be “in” when times are tough. You’ll find that this builds strong relationships, strong character, and a strong spirit.

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