If you’re always showing up, you are that much farther than those that don’t. If you show up and participate, you are that much farther than those that show up. If you show up and ask questions, provide feedback, take initiative, lead and keep helping others. Well… then you’re unstoppable.
Of course it did, we all have an ingrained habit of assuming the worst of what might happen in a particular scenario and then when it happens we say and combination of… Could have been a lot worse. Went better than I thought. That’ll do. Well, now we know where to start. Nothing ever goes as planned in your head, but what you do next, is always better than where you are currently starting from.
You miss a day. You miss a week. You miss some checkboxes. You can either focus on the gaps and see it as a sign that you should “stop” because why else would you have missed them? Or you can start over, one bit, one piece at a time, and build back up to where you were. No one ever said it would be easy.
We avoid the habits that help us like the plague. They take too much time to get going. They are not easy to start. Establishing the ritual is easily broken. Their commitment takes extra. So we avoid them, we push them away from the “work” that is easy to accomplish because it feels like we have still accomplished something, but it’s not the habit we want to accomplish, simply something. Don’t avoid them, figure them…
There is a direct correlation between the effort you put in and the result you will get. It might not be the result that you were hoping for or that you thought you would achieve. But it is the result that is much greater than if you had taken no effort at all.