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Here's what I learned -- really learned, on a gut level -- this year: If you want to do something big, showing up is usually the most important part.

Get/buy/steal/assemble a program, a plan, for whatever you want to do. Then show up. Do the work. Even when you don't feel like it. Even when you're too tired/out of it/distracted to perform at your peak. Show up and do what you can do that day. It's okay to just do the minimum sometimes. But do it. Show up.

Show up, and you will eventually succeed.

Whether you have an okay plan or a good plan or an excellent plan doesn't really matter all that much. But have a realistic plan, a sustainable plan, because the plan that you will show up for is one that will succeed. (And there's nothing wrong with refining your plan after you've been showing up for awhile and have a feel for what might work better.)

Any time I need a reminder of this, I will put my hand on my bicep -- which grew from nothing to something over the last year, for the first time in my life, because I showed up at the gym and did the work 2-5 times a week.

My 2012 is probably going to be about applying this lesson to a whole bunch of other projects. I need to make some plans, asap.

What was your big lesson this year?

Date: 2011-12-14 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherjen.livejournal.com
That is the lesson I keep trying to teach my organizing clients! They keep hoping for that one magical solution - whether it's me, special storage items, some kind of trademarked organizing system, that one incredible book - and I just keep telling them that in order to make a change, you need to force yourself to attack your clutter at least a little bit, every. single. day. It's a matter of building neural pathways.

My big lesson this year, which is my perennial lesson, is that I don't actually have to do everything completely or perfectly.

Date: 2011-12-14 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacflash.livejournal.com
Indeed. In fact, I think a parallel lesson for me is that waiting for the perfect plan is unhelpful. An imperfect plan that moves things in the right direction is fine, as long as I show up for it.

Date: 2011-12-14 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyonesse.livejournal.com
being out of pain is better.

now if only i could get that one to stick with my body....!

Date: 2011-12-14 03:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mangosteen
The big lesson. Good question. I think it's this one:

No matter how well I perform at work, it won't be enough to make me completely fulfilled. For the first time in my career, I know what "giving it my all at work" looks like, and it's not enough.

Date: 2011-12-14 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moominmolly.livejournal.com
Oh, that's a good lesson, and an excellent reminder. I keep working on it... like you do.

I think my big lesson is shaping up to be something like "don't force it".

Date: 2011-12-16 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyne.livejournal.com
Sleep and the right food work ... so don't allow yourself to forget that.


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