Showing up is the most important step

Showing up is the most important step

If you want to improve, you need to keep showing up

I sat down in front of my laptop to write today’s blogpost, but my fingers wouldn’t move. There was no sound from the keyboard. My head was empty, and my inspiration had left me.

Actually, that’s not true. It wasn’t empty. It was everywhere else than where I wanted it to be.
“Just write anything…”

I wrote a sentence… then deleted it again. A ritual that continued for a while until I decided to write about not being able to write – but doing it anyway. launched a few months back and I’ve continuously written one article per week. Because when I decided to launch a blog, that was the commitment I promised myself I would show for at least a year.

If I write one blogpost per week for a year, I’ll continue to show up and build on my precious baby – which means I take my project and myself seriously. Because if I allow myself to stop writing, I allow myself to break my commitment and enter a path where quitting becomes more and more likely.

I’ll break the chain (no, not referring to the 1977 hit song by Fleetwood Mac).

The chain is a string of events where you show up and do the work you need to get to where you want. Each link in the chain a time where you showed up and did the work.

For example, catching up on studying after a long week because in the end that will get you the grades you want. Or practice on your guitar three times a week because you want to be able to excel in a guitar solo.

Don’t break the chain. Follow the steps. Show up.

To see results you need to do the work. And there’s no way to get to those results faster than by building the chain and following your practice.

It’s not over if you break the chain but you postpone getting your result and the chance of giving up increases, because you stop a good habit.

When we have bad days, it doesn’t mean we should give up. It means we should push through and get it done. Because next time it’ll be easier. It’ll be easier because it’ll be a different day and because your chain is unbroken – you keep your momentum.

You’ll be one week – one step – closer to reaching your goal because you decided to show up and do the work. Good things take time. Good habits take time to build up. But showing up to do the work is what will get you where you want to go. The more you show up, the faster you’ll get there.

If there’s something you want to achieve, work towards it by building up a habit of showing up. It won’t happen overnight, but continuous improvement will get you where you want to go.

So, stick to your routines. Don’t skip a step when you have a bad day because showing up is what matters.

Share this with a friend who’s working towards something and could do with a little encouragement to continue to show up.

All the best, you’re the best. Rasmus from EZ Philosophy.

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