The Daily Man-Up

October 10, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up

There’s an old Woody Allen quotation that “80% of success is just showing up.”

This quotation is used to motivate people to get started on what they want to achieve and has even helped me when thinking about the significance of competition (turns out, most of your potential competitors won’t even show up, least of all actually do the work to compete with you).

But it’s easy to lose the details of what this really looks like when captured with just a pithy quotation.

80% of success is showing up. Every. Day.

Moving from Fuzzy Aspiration to Goal

Most people have fuzzy aspirations. If you ask them what they want to have in life, they might tell you “more money,” or “a happy family,” or “a nice job and a good car.” They may get a little more granular, like saying how many kids they want or how much money they want to earn, but these aspirations rarely move into being “goals.” Goals, unlike fuzzy aspirations, actually have a path of things that must happen in order for the goal to happen.

The process of going from fuzzy aspirations to goals is something worth paying attention to in itself. Actually showing up on the set to get something done requires that you ask yourself, what is it that I want to get done?…

Simply showing up isn’t enough. The Woody Allen quotation leaves out that you have to show up every single day. Showing up once in the pursuit of your goals will put you ahead of most people who operate by fuzzy aspirations but will put you behind everybody who actually achieved something.

Once you get clear on your goal and what you have to do to hit that goal, show up every day. Start developing a habit.

If you want to get stronger, build a system for going to the gym. You can’t just go to the gym once. You need to actually set systems in place to guarantee that you will start showing up every day.

Maybe you don’t have to physically show up every day, but you have to psychologically show up. You have to start building the blocks to the house that will be the better you.

When you’ve moved from goal to habit, you’ve exceeded 80% of your potential competition.

Different people operate by different dispositions. If you are a highly conscientious person, your habits should set you up to feel productive and like you are accomplishing a lot. If you are a highly open person, your habits should make you feel creative and like you are expressing your true self. Set your habits to your personality and play to those strengths which make you the most effective you.

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