Give me a THUMBS-UP!
It’s how I start every teambuilding session- with a commitment from each participant to be PRESENT…to show up. I can ensure the success of a team if I know I can count on them to be present.
Success may take different forms as the journey unfolds and as obstacles are overcome, but success cannot occur apart from a committment to be present. The most basic requirement of every goal we set for ourselves in life involves taking this first and most important step.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”~Woody Allen
I know you have dreams and aspirations. We all do. Perhaps you dream of writing that first song or that best-selling book. Maybe you visualize what it will feel like to see your perfect number on the scale. Or you have a trip you’ve been saving for or a degree waiting to be conferred over the horizon.
Maybe you’ve joined a 31 Day challenge of your own, and you are already wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. Take heart, and take a deep breath. It’s normal; enthusiasm wanes quickly once the hard work begins, and a committment to being present is hard work.
Start by reminding yourself why you chose to be present in the first place. You obviously felt a stirring within and experienced the hope and excitement which accompanies a dream.
Honor your dream or goal with a willingness to show up.
Respect yourself by demanding your own presence.
Believe in the payoff by investing in being present.
And in case you forget, the payoff is well worth it!
You will only know the heights you can reach when you choose to show up.
You will only experience brave when you are determined to show up.
You will only meet those key people divinely ordained for your journey when you are willing to show up.
You will only experience the rush of a dream come true when you possess the courage to show up.
Being present doesn’t mean being perfect, and it doesn’t mean understanding everything you are getting yourself into. It means believing in yourself and the journey enough to see it through from beginning to end, with everything in between. It means holding yourself accountable one day at a time.
“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”~2 Cor. 8:11
What goal are you setting for yourself?
How can you hold yourself accountable to being present every day?
What does the payoff look like?