“All you can do is all you can do.”
Although the quote repeats itself both statements carry their own meaning. The first half touches on the idea that so many things are out of our control, and they affect us in significant ways. The reality is we’re vulnerable to outside forces and that’s just the way it is. So this part of the quote is a reminder that life is uncertain and unpredictable by no fault of your own, and you need to be prepared to navigate it. That’s all you can do.
Then the second repetition of the statement is a suggestion about what is in our control, which is our effort, persistence, and mindset. While some things are beyond our capacity there are many things that we can do to impact a situation. In fact you have more influence over your life than you might think, and unless you give your 100%, you’re leaving opportunity on the table. All you can do is give it everything you’ve got, applying yourself fully, and do as much as you can to generate the outcomes you desire.
Alright, two “all you can dos”, one expression... What does it mean when you put it all together? My summary is this: You need to accept that many things out of your control, but with those things that are in your control you need to give it your absolute best!
It’s sad to acknowledge about people, and myself included, but I don’t think people give things their all as often as they could. With that in mind I want to pose a question for you to reflect on - When was the last time you gave it your 100%?
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