I’ve heard 90% of life is showing up. There is a quote to that effect attributed to Woody Allen. If you show up consistently and do the next indicated step life unfolds and things get done.
The other 10% is doing the work!
90% of Life is Showing Up
At least that’s been my experience. I’ve shown up for many things and done the work. The results have been amazing.
I showed up in school, did the work and got good grades. I showed up for work and did the work and got accolades and promotions.
Where I haven’t shown up consistently for myself is in diet and exercise. Exercise coupled with my diet and working a plan will give me the results I want. I plan to show up five days out of seven for exercise and might make two. When I look at my poor success with those goals, I have to admit it is my lack of showing up.
I have a calorie plan and get consistently derailed by the cookies and sweets. I guess there is a certain level of consistency there – if they are in the house, I will eat them!
Athletes Do It
I’ve heard that some of the best athletes train consistently. Baseball hitters practice hitting the ball constantly, and basketball players practice shooting free throws, so they don’t miss the “easy” shots.
My friend was training for a swim – the swim from Alcatraz. It can be a gnarly swim between the currents and the cool water temperature. But she trained for weeks before hand and it was relatively easy and fun for her, because she’d worked her training plan, consistently.
How about you? Do you find that same thing to be true? Do you find that consistency pays off – when you show up and do the work? What is it you are doing? Learning, training for an event, working on your diet and exercise, giving your time to good causes? How are you adding to your life through consistency? Leave a comment and let me know!
Recently, for me it has been my writing. I’ve been consistently, daily, working on my book and doing the next indicated thing.
My book, “Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation” is currently with an editor, and I’m waiting for the feedback. Before I sent it, I went through it looking for errors, bad grammar or improper punctuation and read it start to finish twice. Some may call that dedication; I call it consistently work on my number ONE priority!
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What about you – what is your number ONE priority, are you working it like it is the most important thing? Leave a comment in the chat.
Until the next time, may you have a blessed week.