4 Ways to Be Sure You’re Playing with a Full Deck

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I know you’ve heard some version of these sayings before:

“They aren’t playing with a full deck.”

“They’re a few bricks shy of a full load.”

“They’re a few fries short of a happy meal.”

While those are a cute way that the person making the statement can elevate themselves by stomping on someone else (I’m personally not a fan), when we turn one of those statements into a question and use it for self-coaching, they can become a powerful tool to help us find our blind spots, and we can make sure we’re not a few peas short of a casserole. 

For example, you could ask yourself:

Am I playing with a full deck or am I missing a few cards? If the load that I’m shouldering is missing a few bricks right now, what might those be and how can I pick them up? If my Happy Meal had a few more fries, how would life change for me and what might I be doing differently? 😂


You get the idea. Using questions like these softens the self-coaching process and makes it a little bit silly and fun, which always helps our brains relax and learn. (And am I the only one that could go for some fries and casserole right now?)

So, how can you be sure you’re playing with a full deck?

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Well, you and I need our brains in great shape to maximize our personal improvement, right? Read the questions below to find out if you’re physically bringing your best brain into the process of becoming even better. 

Honestly ask yourself:

Am I getting about 8 hours of sleep most nights?

Am I eating mostly produce (veggies and fruits) most of the time?

Am I drinking at least half of my body weight in fluid ounces of water most days?

Am I getting about an hour of exercise most days?

(Notice the word “most” used throughout. You don’t have to be perfect. No one is perfect. Just do it often enough for it to be the norm for your body and brain. You’ll feel a difference, I promise.)

Those 4 areas make A HUGE impact on whether or not you and I are showing up with the hardware we need to become our best selves.

So, if you answered “No” to one or more of the above questions, (sorry!) you’re not playing with a full deck.

Sure, coaching and self-coaching can definitely make a difference even if you ignore those areas of life. But you’ll move forward by leaps and bounds by working on those 4 daily habits at the same time.

Tough love: You probably didn’t need me to tell you that those 4 things would make you better. So, what are you waiting for? All the best coaching methods, most powerful questions and motivation techniques might not change the game for you as much as getting those 4 areas of life dialed in. 

What area do you most need to work on? What will you commit to doing right now to start to improve in that area? 

Leave a reply below to let me know which area you’re going to commit to working on. 

Work on improving one area at a time, and in not too long, you’ll be the sharpest tool in the shed, the brightest crayon in the box, and you’ll always be playing the self-coaching game with a full deck. 😁

You can do this.


Nate Sleger is the founder of Even Better, a coaching company, and the author of Exercising Backwards, an inside out approach to your fitness. You can connect with Even Better Coaching on social media or by downloading a free copy of Nate’s book HERE.


Cards: Photo by Jarosław Kwoczała on Unsplash

Fries: Photo by XUNO. on Unsplash

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