100% Is Easier: The Lessons of Raw
By Reggie Odom
Where in your life are you 100%? Wholly committed with no
A few years ago when I was in training with the Coaches Training Institute,
I remember one of the leaders saying that it is easier to give 100% -
easier than 95%, or anything less than 100%. That resonated for me. In
the moment I knew the truth of it, but put it into some "future query
It clearly came home to me almost six years later. I made a decision
to eat a 100% raw diet and let go of all caffeine.
I had a sense for two years that this was the best way for me in terms
of health and energy. I had put my foot in the raw food waters several
times, and let go of some level of caffeine, with a lot of exceptions.
I was already vegetarian and had lost my taste for coffee. But I love
cooked food; used green and other teas for energy and couldn't find it
in myself to let go of these options.
I didn't want to miss out on anything in the way of the cooked food world
- an unexpected treat, a buffet, a special meal someone made, or a great
new restaurant. I didn't want to be so different from others around me.
And I couldn't imagine letting go of the kick of caffeine.
Plus, this was what I knew - and a case of old habits die hard.
So I bounced around, sometimes here, sometimes there, often using circumstances
as my guide for the moment or the day. I had desire without decision.
Until . . .
One day I made a decision to eat 100% raw and let go of caffeine. This
decision has impacted me on every level - spiritual, emotional and physical.
I am at peace, and what once looked so challenging no longer seems so
at all. In fact, I am quite happy about the whole thing, and have learned
a lot in the process far beyond the decision to eat raw and let go of
So here is fast-forwarding to a few key things I've learned.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED
A decision is powerful. The root of the word decision
(decidere) is to cut off from. When I - or you - really make a decision,
we cut ourselves off from other options and commit to what we've chosen
by virtue of our decision.
A decision includes both intention and commitment. Both
of these are 100%. Both focus our inner resources as well as attract the
ideas and outer resources to support the decision.
A decision is whole hearted. We can only decide in favor
of what is true for our self - of what we know in our heart and soul to
be true. Otherwise, there'll always be some holding back, either in subtle
or not so subtle ways. With a real decision, there is no holding back.
Being whole hearted - no holding back - is a joy and is effortless.
100% is easier than anything less.
Much like being whole hearted, there is great ease in doing something
100%. 100% means total - emotional, spiritual and physical. There are
no considerations, mind clutter, fantasies, circumstances, excuses or
shoulds to drain our energy or distract our attention.
Doing something 100% is simple.
Imagine how your life might be different if you only invest your time,
energy and attention on what is true for you, and whatever you do, you
do it 100%. Whether it is a conversation, a project, a relationship, your
business or anything else, being in it 100% can only make it easier, simpler
and ever so much richer.
Why Not "Step into Your Greatness "100%"?