80% Of Success In Life Is Showing Up
Do you know what’s the hardest part about running a marathon? It’s not hitting mile 5 and realizing you still have over 20 more to go. It’s not mile 18 when you’re exhausted and you still have a 10k to run. And it’s not the last mile when you’re fully spent and you’re trying to get yourself to finish strong.
The hardest part about running a marathon is getting to the starting line.
It’s having the courage to make the commitment. Getting through months of training without injury or life getting in the way. Going to bed the night before afraid of the physical punishment you’re about to put yourself through but getting up and out the door anyway.
This isn’t unique to running marathons though, the hardest part to anything is just getting started. In fact, Woody Allen has a famous quote “80% of success in life is showing up.”
That means getting yourself into the gym even when you don’t feel like it. Following through on your sales plan even though you’re afraid to. Making it out to that event that you committed to but you have every excuse not to go. Whatever’s going on, just show up.
It will always be easier to not show up - To make an exception, have an excuse, feel bad for yourself, minimize responsibilities, and take the easy path. It’s the mind and body’s preferred and evolutionary state. But it’s that kind of thinking that keeps us alive rather than makes us feel alive. And isn’t that what we want?
But those who refuse the allure of complacency and commit themselves to doing the uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and hard thing have a serious advantage over the rest! The more you put yourself out there, the more pathways you give the universe to self-organize everything you need to make your dreams a reality. And when you don’t show up, you are pinching the flow that creates more abundance, coincidence, and serendipity in your life.
But showing up is more than just being physically present, it also requires that you’re energetically present. It asks you to bring the best version of yourself to the table and not just the shell of who you could be.
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