The First Step To Success – Showing Up

showingupA few winters ago when I still lived in Colorado Springs, my friend JT and I would meet at the Colorado College track every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a track workout. The mornings were cold and dark, sometimes there would be snow. That winter I actually did get a lot faster and by springtime was running better than I ever had. Between the two of us there was a sense of accountability but our successes in racing that year were rooted in the fact that we consistently showed up.

Showing up is the first step in reaching success. You can’t write if you don’t sit down at your keyboard to write. You have to show up! If you want to succeed, you have to show up every single day and without exception. You won’t always have a great day or make the progress that you would like to, but if you don’t show up at all, you won’t ever hit the mark.

Wherever it is that you need to be, show up. Just ensure that you get there. Show up to class, to work, or to the gym. But there are other important places to show up and bring your best, such as in your relationships or in your own personal development.

The results that you can achieve simply by showing up over time can be amazing. Strength, brawn, intelligence, or talent can be outweighed just by being consistent and showing up. A consistent daily workout schedule along with a balanced diet can produce amazing results as long as you are consistent. The practice of being present with your partner when you are together, being there, and showing up for the relationship can go a long way in strengthening a relationship. Reading books that expand your knowledge about yourself and the world around you can result in massive personal growth and development, just as long as you are consistent, show up, and do it on a regular basis.

Showing up builds consistency, habit, and persistence… just as long as you stick to it. Showing up is all about building momentum. Once I make a call that I am intimidated to make or do something else that is beyond my comfort zone then it is not as daunting anymore. But I have to show up to do it. Every difficult step only leads me closer to my goals. Every difficult task I complete seems to multiply my momentum.

Pick an area of your life where you’d like to make great strides and improvements, and think of ways to turn it into a process of showing up.

What do you need to show up for?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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