Dec. 14th, 2011

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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?

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