Performance Mindset: Show Up. Every Day. Consistently.
I recently read that, according to Woody Allen, 80% of success is showing up.
This month I want to take the idea or habit of showing up a step further: show up every day and be consistent.
The commitment to showing up puts yourself in position to be successful under almost any circumstance. If you knew that showing up to the gym would get you 80% closer to where you wanted to be, why wouldn’t you make the commitment to go?
The reason you’re 80% there is because you’ve initiated the process. You’ve put yourself in a better position than you would have by NOT showing up. You will still have work to do once you’re there, but the 80% isn’t the work. It’s the rolling out of bed on time, making a breakfast that is nutritious for your day, packing a gym bag, and taking the steps towards the door knowing that you’re showing up today — even on cold mornings — even when you don’t want to.
Simple steps, not so simple when we begin to think how to do them every day.
We have the choice to take steps forward. Every day we’ve been given the opportunity to decide what we’re going to do that day and the type of person we want to be.
Easy to do, but just as easy not to do.
Our skill, experience, finesse, resources, and expertise are all part of the process of learning when we start something new, but first we have to practice the actual act of starting the process (showing up) — initiating the plan. The intangibles mentioned before are accumulated over time, can all be learned - but let’s remember: nothing is possible unless you take the initial steps towards the things you desire. Dream it up, show up, and start doing the thing.
Showing up is essential.
Showing up consistently is powerful.
“Every day” allows us to build up the belief in ourselves that we can do the thing called life. The belief that we can achieve our desires. “Every day” builds the habit of believing that we are capable of great things. Moreover: the things that we truly desire deserve to be worked on daily.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote this brilliant book “Outliers” where he’s done all the research for us and details what it takes to become an “overnight success” — which he describes as coming after you put in 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 5 years. That’s 10,000 hours.
In truth — these statistics made me feel a lot better about my writing skills. I’m a work in progress.
The questions are in our court — Are you willing to put 10,000 hours of work in to accomplish what you want? Going to the gym twice or three times a week? Planning out your meals for the week? Continually learning about the things that will improve your health/career? Reading more non-fiction? Journaling or reflecting regularly?
The Key To Showing Up Consistently Every Day:
Make It Simple and Make It Specific.
Last month I discussed why journaling our daily and weekly events, our moods, productivity, or gratitudes allows us to learn new lessons from our past experiences, and in turn offers us direction over time.
Journaling is an example of a very simple and specific action, done daily, over time.
Consistency gives us the power ever day. That’s motivation!
Our habits come from our daily activities compounded over time. Showing up consistently every day is a small action, done daily. Simple. Easy to do, just as easy not to do. We have the choice to take steps forward.
We have the choice to show up
We have the choice to be consistent
We have the choice to practice daily discipline
We have the choice to focus on having positive outlook
We have the choice to nurture the relationships we cherish most
We have the choice to spend more time with people that add value to our lives
We have the choice to make a conscious effort to improve our health
We have the choice to never give up
If you can show up, consistently, every day, then you have already won well more than half the battle.
As with any daily activity some days will be more difficult to follow through. Something that helps me on those days is remembering that there is ALWAYS a price to pay with decision making. The price of neglect is much worse than the price of discipline. Do the thing. Every Day.
Show up. Work. Don’t give up. Repeat.