Sunday Musings: Sometimes the HARDEST Part of Succeeding is Simply SHOWING UP Every Day!

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I expect we could make the argument that "Success" — much like beauty — is in the eye of the beholder.

That said, however we may define success, it typically involves a process of "getting from Point A to Point B." And usually that means you have to have a plan of some kind... unless your definition of "success" is about winning the lottery.

But even then, you still have to plan to buy the ticket.

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busy bees...

I believe lots of people sincerely want to succeed. And many people even plan to succeed... and they have good ideas and plan very well. But then there's this additional step in there called "execution."

Being someone who primarily has a long term approach to projects I get involved with, one of the things I have really become aware of is the importance — as a/the path to succeeding — of simply showing up every day.

We humans have an interesting way of disconnecting what we "think" to be reality from what "is" reality and that can be especially apparent when talking about success. We look at (and look UP to) people who have succeeded and often envy their success... while blithely overlooking that they may have spent twenty years eating cup-a-noodly soup and owning one pair of shoes to GET there.

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Washington Coast

In other words, we tend to look for "Easy Buttons" that don't actually exist. We don't LIKE the reality that the success we seek often requires year after year of daily grinding it out.

People — specifically fellow stamp collectors — often envy me for being able to derive a sideline income from selling old and rare postage stamps online. But when they start asking questions, they don't really want to hear that the reason I have a regular flow of income is that I have being working on this pretty much DAILY, since 1988.

"Wow. That sounds like a LOT of work. I don't think I could DO that."

Similarly, I am what one might call "modestly successful" as a blogger, here on Hive. But again, I have no magic pill, and I am not part of the "in crowd," nor did I have $100K to invest at the start. That "modest success" took 1,580 posts, 15,750 comments and going on 57,000 pieces of content manually upvoted in the course of 4 1/2 years.

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Another busy bee...

It's funny — and perhaps a sad reflection on the human condition — how often people back away from success... as soon as they discover that it will take a LOT of work.

These days, my "project" is turning my artwork into another viable sideline income. Not looking to make a "living" at it, just hoping to get to the point of generating $750-1000 a month. I've already been "dabbling" for a decade, but only started "taking it seriously" after we closed our retail store in June of 2019.

Then, of course, "Covid happened."

Not really going to use that as an excuse as much as a reason to restructure my approach, because certain parts of my original plan are no longer "available." Still, figuring that by 2026 I should be able to reach my goal... again by SHOWING UP (even if just a little bit) every single day!

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The wild Pacific coast

Showing up every day is hard; I'll be the first to admit that! Even if you love what you're doing, there are some days (and WEEKS!) that you'd just as well blow everything off and play online games, watch TV or play with one of your interests or hobbies.

You have to set priorities... and decide just how important your priorities actually are. Because I have multiple projects running, my definition of "showing up" has gradually come to mean that as long as I do at least ONE SMALL THING on each of my projects, I have "shown up." And I keep track!

For example, the last time I "didn't show up" on Hive was July 4th... I can tell, because 7 days later, my account balance only increased by the amount of "natural inflation" in the ecosystem. Of course, I can give myself a "hall pass" for it being a major holiday and we were doing other things!

But most other days, I do show up!

Thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your weekend!

How about YOU? How do YOU define success? Do you apply some version of "showing up every day" to reaching your goals? Or are you not "long term oriented?" Do you use a different system? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!

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Hi Denmarkguy

I enjoyed reading this immensely but I think success can mean different things to different people. The standard definition of success which is linked to monetary gain and societal influence (for example being a celebrity/politician etc) holds absolutely no value for me personally, but may be the goal that the next person aspires to. I was actually having a conversation about this with one of my closest people this morning. Whatever your idea of success is, the need to show up and do the work is going to be the common denominator in most cases.

Often the challenge is having the determination and tenacity to keep going in the face of adversity, especially when circumstances change that you had no control over (Covid 19 for example). We are living through very strange and uncertain times. I think that even more important for me at the moment is not just showing up in terms of work and projects, but showing up for the people I care about while we are all going through this collectively.

Thank you for the thought provoking article and have a successful day :)

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Hi Iris, thanks for stopping by, and for your thoughtful comment.

Power, status and money never did it for me, either... and I seem to lack that "ambition gene" that seems to drive a lot of people, including many members of my family of origin who mostly think I'm a total slacker.

For the most part, I just aspire to have my bills paid and to enjoy a measure of contentment writing, creating art and futzing around with my hobbies. I show up every day to to make sure I can enjoy just that... rather than having to toil in some thankless job, working for a soulless company who sees me as little more than a cog in their wheel.

These are very strange times and I am slowly letting go of the idea that we will ever have anything but more strange times. Although I tend to often focus on things that involve "being of service," one of the things I am slowly learning is that we also need to show up for ourselves.

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Hi Denmarkguy.

Well it's good to know there are still people out there that value things beyond what the masses are demanding the collective worship/buy/buy into.

At the end of the day, society is going to judge everyone one way or another, I couldn't be bothered trying to live up to an image that is pushed by that and whatever agenda they have this week for humanity.

Keep feeding your soul and doing what you enjoy, it brings out the best in you and those around you.

Have a great Sunday

Ciao

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Isn't it 80% of Success is showing up or some such, I'm sure my numbers are wrong, but I do know that hard work and determination is the 'secret' to many things. One tries, at least... I always think of the tortoise: slow and steady and sometimes races are won.

I hope you had a lovely Sunday.

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Thank you @donnadavisart!

Because I tend to be interested in so many different things I seldom have truly excelled at anything, and so much of my success has been simply due to showing up more consistently than most of those around me. I'm also inclined to be a bit lazy (meaning the opposite of "driven") so I make up for it by almost always being there.

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