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Showing up isn’t always easy, but it is always necessary

There’s an undeniable power in showing up. The ability to rise above one’s feelings, overcome setbacks, and still show up is a testament to my determination and self-control.

One of the key insights is the notion that showing up at less than 100% still communicates leadership, professionalism, and discipline. In my life, this doesn’t mean that I should ignore my well-being or push myself beyond my limits. Rather, it emphasizes the importance of commitment, dedication, and discipline.

Many times, I find myself at a crossroads where I feel like the world is against me. I may feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or simply ‘off.’ However, how I react in these situations is what truly matters. It’s crucial to understand that even on my off days, I can transform the ordinary into extraordinary by simply showing up.

As a leadership coach with over 30 years of experience, I’ve found that mindset is everything. It’s about recognizing that I’m not feeling my best, but deciding to show up anyway. This act of showing up, despite the circumstances, can serve as a teaching moment. It can help me become more disciplined and focused on the things that truly matter in my life.

Professionalism is not about always being at my best. It’s about doing what’s required of me, even when I don’t feel like it. This is the difference between professionals and amateurs. Professionals have discipline. They show up when they’re supposed to, regardless of how they feel.

Furthermore, showing up when I’d rather not can be an excellent demonstration of self-discipline. It teaches me that I am in control of my actions, not my feelings or circumstances. This self-discipline can significantly contribute to my success and help me reach my goals.

Finally, by consistently showing up, I (and you) model what it takes to win. Winning requires sacrifice and dedication. It’s about doing what needs to be done, even when uncomfortable or inconvenient. By showing up, I send a message to myself and others that I’m committed to my goals and willing to do what it takes to achieve them.

In conclusion, the act of showing up, regardless of how I feel or what I’m going through, is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. It represents my determination, discipline, and commitment to my goals. So, the next time you or I are feeling off or don’t feel like showing up, remember the power of presence and how it can transform setbacks into valuable lessons.