“Showing up is 80% of life.”

This headline quote about the importance of, “showing up” is often attributed to actor/director Woody Allen, who may not have done any scientific research to come up with 80%, but instinctively knew that the biggest part of making something happen, is very simple.

So often we over think what’s required to achieve what we really want, and when we make things complicated, we put mental blockers in front of ourselves.

We don’t need to have all the answers, often, we simply need to stop making excuses and show up. It’s that first step towards starting something that makes the most difference. But not just starting it once and forgetting about it, starting it every day/week/month/year – just keep showing up and things will happen.

Want to be academic? Show up in a class. Want to be fit? Show up at a gym. Want to be a better parent? Show up where your kids are. Regularly. Being in the right environment will trigger action and before you know it, things will start progressing.

Our surroundings can be profoundly inspiring, and when we are around other like-minded people, their energy can motivate us to do the thing we showed up to do. So if we just show up where we want to be, we’ve already done the hard part.

But, we can’t just show up anywhere – we need to make sure we are showing up in the right places. If we are going to put our energy into motion, that action needs to be in line with our vision for ourselves, and who we want to be. Only then will we get that 80% boost in life for just consistently showing up.

Take action: Choose an event that you are going to show up for this week and mark it on your calendar. Can be as simple as a Webinar, or as challenging as attending an event to help mend an important relationship. And then, you guessed it… actually show up.

:: Inspired by Carrie Green’s book, She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur.

 

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