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the art of showing up

When it comes to chasing (nearly) any goal, there are so many factors that I can’t control.  These outside factors can make it daunting to even consider starting.  No matter the endeavor, or the person, I think we all see these roadblocks.  As we consider the journey, we even list them in our mind.

  • There is not enough time.
  • There are already people doing it.
  • I am not smart enough.
  • I am not talented enough.
  • No one will care what I have to say.
  • No one will want to buy from me.

You get the idea.  This list of roadblocks and excuses get larger the longer you dwell on them.  There are so many reasons why things will not work, there is a big percentage of people that will simply not try at all.  But here’s the thing about these roadblocks and excuses.  You can’t control most of them.  You can’t make yourself taller, or more handsome, or more talented.  You can’t wave a magic wand and create more time.  You can’t make people care what you have to say.

You really only have control over a few things.  You have the ability to improve your attitude.  You can change they way you think about challenges.  You can commit to viewing the inevitable challenges you will face with a smile.  You can embrace the art.

The Art of Showing Up.

You see, I cannot make myself more handsome or lucky.  I can’t become the quintessential writer of our time.  I will probably never be the most persuasive salesperson or the fastest runner.  But I can keep showing up.  Every day, I can post a blog.  Every day I can make that extra call.  Every day I can do the push ups or the run.  I control that.  I control my attitude and my effort.  And so do you.

Oh…and make no mistake…there IS an art to that.  Bob Dylan is remembered for the classic songs he wrote.  But what is forgotten is how many songs he wrote and recorded.  He was prolific.  Had he only recorded one album, we probably would not know who he was.  He kept working and writing and recording.  He kept grinding.  He kept showing up.

And then one day…he was a legend.

If you are wavering on your commitment today, I get it.  We all get tired and frustrated at times.  But on this morning, don’t worry about being perfect.  Don’t worry about being the best.  Just commit to the art of showing up…again and again.

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