Showing up and doing the work is only half the battle. If you want to be successful, you have to exercise.
I have a love/hate relationship with the idea that in order to be successful, you just need to show up everyday. While yes, if you want to succeed, you have to be present, but that’s not what makes you successful.
What happens to be left out of that idea is the actual work. That’s why the idea has turned into the mantra “show up and do the work.” But even that mantra isn’t enough to be successful.
There’s two things missing: consistency and focus. In my mind, there’s for things that lead to success: show up, be consistent, be focused, do the work. Show up every day focused and do the work.
If you think of anything and everything in life, showing up isn’t enough to be successful, but you can’t be successful without showing up.
Being consistent alone doesn’t make you successful, but you can’t be successful without consistency in your actions.
Being focused won’t make you successful, but you can’t be successful without being focused on what success you want.
You can do all the work every day, but that still won’t lead to being successful, but you can’t be successful without doing the work.
When you mix all four of those things — show up, consistency, focus, and work — together your path to success become crystal clear, attainable, and more likely to happen.
If you thing this is easy, or easier said than done, or don’t think this is true at all, let me help you out with a very concrete, real life example.
If the idea and practice of exercise isn’t the very definition of the path that leads you to success, then I’m not sure what is.
Exercise is all about showing up (taking the time to actually put on your gym clothes, go to the gym/workout space) every day (or on a very consistent basis), focused on the results you want from exercising, then getting the exercise done.
Showing up to the gym isn’t going to lead you to get the body you want without doing it every day, knowing what exercises you should be doing, and getting down to business.
Consistency isn’t going to lead you to the results you want if you don’t know what those results are or what will help you get the body you want.
Focusing on the type of body you want or the results you want won’t get you those results without doing the hard work it takes to get there.
Doing the work won’t lead you to the results you want without being there, every day, focused, and getting it done.
If you’ve ever exercised consistently for more than a month, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. In a month’s time, you become better than you were a month ago and closer to your results. But you wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for showing up every day, focused, and getting to work.
Anything you do in life can be directly tied to being successful, and being successful means you must exercise. Exercising helps you make progress toward your goals and helps you get closer and closer to success.
While I talk about physical exercise as a mental example, the idea of exercise goes further than that. Exercise is a focused routine that done on a consistent basis leads to results. Be it physical exercise, mental, relationships, goals, business, career, etc.
If you’re struggling with something in your life, apply these four things to it and see if it doesn’t turn out better.
I started exercising more recently, and it took about three weeks for me to start seeing results. When I started seeing results, it clicked that I was on a path to success, and the same things I applied to my physical exercise could also be applied in other areas I felt stuck in.
When it clicked that I needed to start exercising in my business, successes started becoming more frequently and quicker, just like they did in my exercise routine. Things got easier, better, and I started seeing the results that I wanted.
It wasn’t overnight, it wasn’t a one and done thing. It’s a long term journey.
Show up, consistently, focused, and get to work. Exercise equals success.