The more you show up the more chances you will have.
Sounds very simple, but I think some of the greatest people (or those that we wish we could be) are those that have showed up.
What is showing up?
Showing up is finding things to show up to. Those events, dinners, friends moving day, serving opportunity, coffee appointment type of things. You cannot show up if you have nothing to show up to.
Showing up is actually showing up. I know you are amazed at my wisdom, but I have found that if the first half of showing up is finding something to show up to, then the last half is following through and showing up. It is amazing what your psyche can do when you give it time to talk you out of doing something. The brilliance of opportunity is that you were there to grab it.
Showing up is being fully present. I am learning that even though I am physically there I still have to be mentally there. Some might interpret this as “being on” like its a game or competition, but its more about being fully present and aware of those around you. Not just looking to get things for yourself, but willing to help others. Not just wanting to only talk about your dream but willing to listen to your neighbors dream. Not just looking for what you can get out of the situation, but what you can give to the situation. Because you can find things to show up to and even show up to them, but if only half of you shows up, you might as well have stayed home to watch Oprah.
I had a friend in college who never missed a class or a chapel (I went to a Bible College). I remember asking him one day, “why do you go to every single class and chapel?” His response: “Because I do not want to miss something. I do not want to miss that very thing God has been trying to tell me all semester, or that one point that I needed to hear to make everything click, or meet that one person that I will work with the rest of my life. If I skip I could be missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.” Those words still stick with me today, if I never show up how can I ever expect any opportunity.
Today my one thing I am focusing on is showing up. It is making that phone call that I have been putting off. It is following through with a commitment. It is taking a risk and reaching out to someone I do not know but would like to know. It is showing up for an event that I have never been to. It is going after the very thing that scares me to death.
I hope you show up today.