Just Show Up

When in doubt, just remember to show up.

It’s something I have written about in the past before, whether directly or indirectly.

So, just show up. Nothing is more important. 

Show Up


There’s a quote that comes from Woody Allen that 80% of your life is showing up, and he expanded on this quote.

I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say [sic] my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.

Show up

He shows up

There you go! Take all your life hacks aside, your productivity tips, your 15 point checklist for doing something. Push them aside, and just show up.

That’s it.

Let’s say that you want to become a writer. You’re going to write the next great American novel. Just show up. Start with an hour of writing a day, and that’s all you focus on. You’re not on Twitter looking at what others are saying. You’re sitting down and doing your work. That’s it. Everything else doesn’t matter, and unless you have an absolute emergency, like your house is burning down, everything else can be ignored until your time is up.

You show up, and you show up consistently. If you’re showing up at the same time on a daily basis, that is the best practice, but be understandable that may not always be the case. What does matter, however, is making it a daily practice. If you put your hour in for writing, whether everything you write is gold, or everything you write is shit, it doesn’t really matter. The fact that you showed up and put in your time was key.

Seriously though, why are you reading this when you can be working on your work, and showing up, or reading the war of art by Steven Pressfield, whom I’m basically copping all of this from?

As well, you don’t need to start huge. You don’t need to start with marathon 3-hour writing sessions. Those looking to get into shape don’t need to start counting calories or build a meticulous exercise and diet program, but need to start by going for a walk or hopping on a treadmill. If you want to start meditating, you don’t need to start with 20 minute sessions. Try 2.

Watch how your progress changes over time. Look on a monthly, a weekly, a yearly basis of how far you have come in your work. Maybe you find yourself putting in 2000 words a day when you initially started with 500.

Pick something, and stick with it. If you can’t figure out something today (for example, let’s say you’re learning to program in Javascript), don’t give up. Just keep pushing forward. Perhaps tomorrow, or the day after, or three months and 22 days later it’ll click for you. Just remember to show up, and you’ll be doing better than a vast majority of people.

So go do something, and go do it well.