What does it mean to show up? At what point are you ready?
When is it time to start that business, write that blog, share your story, execute that idea or send that proposal?
Often times, we get caught up doing a lot of things but what we have to do.
It’s easy to say “I’m not ready” or “I do not yet have what it takes” or to hide under the hubris of perfectionism and keep working on it till never. The problem with this is, it doesn’t get you any further and to keep dreaming without work is to sign up for the disparity complex (the setback from never getting what you see or wish)
It may seem like a lot but it really doesn’t take so much to show up, it doesn’t take so much to be ready, it doesn’t take the highest skill level to make something useful.
So, how do you show up?
You show up with just a little courage to pursue your dreams and execute that idea.
You show up knowing that what you need to do is make a contribution to the body of work that needs to be done that day alone (then do that every day)
You show up knowing that you do not have to worry about the best edition but the next edition and after that, the next one
You show up trusting yourself and believing that your little contribution can make a huge difference.
You show up ready to make mistakes and learn from them.
To be ready is to resolve be consistent at making something useful.
Seth Godin has written over 8000 articles and 20 bestselling books. His new book “The Practice” became a best seller in the first few weeks of release. Seth started by resolving to write an article a day for the rest of his life.
You don’t know you are bad at writing until you’ve written 100, 000 words that no one wants to read.
When is your work good enough?
When you have decided to ship what you have and make the next one better
Did I just write the world’s best article? Not really, but chances are you just learnt something and sometimes that’s all we need to do.