5 Things...About Showing Up Every Day
sculpture study by Rick Casali
"Invest in your future. Earn some hustle credits. Do the work, it’s not going to do itself." -Sean McCabe, seanwes
1. Showing Up Establishes Consistency and Builds Trust
You want to have a noticeable presence. This is natural. We all want to be heard and understood. The thing is, people tend to gravitate towards those who demonstrate consistency by showing up every day. By "gravitate", I really mean "trust". When you regularly share your process, growth, and insights, you show that you care about what you do. This authenticity will resonate with people, but consistent authenticity will build that trust and bring your audience on board with your passions.
“success isn't always about greatness. it's about consistency. consistent hard work leads to success. greatness will come." - dwayne johnson
People live their lives in a weekly cycle. If you can share something on the same day each week, that's a great place to start. Maybe some people in your audience unfollow you. Maybe you don't get feedback right away. That's okay. When you continue to show up every day regardless, they'll be back. There is no, ‘If she posts on Thursday’, but rather, ‘When she posts on Thursday'.
2. Showing Up Teaches You to Learn from Your Mistakes
“why do we fall? so we can learn to pick ourselves up." - alfred, batman begins
When I was learning to play piano, I was taught to not to get hung up on the mistakes. The audience can't tell the difference, as long you keep playing. If, however, you get stuck trying to replay that same passage of music over and over again, the mistake becomes unmistakable.
Don't get bogged down by the errors. Learn from them. Showing up every day requires a performance mindset. When you do make mistakes, take time afterwards to learn what can be improved. Performance and showing up every day both require a good deal of practice, which is vital for healthy growth.
3. Showing Up Requires Making Room for New Ideas
Writing every day helps me get the thoughts out. Once those thoughts have been archived, I can brainstorm freely. Instead of a storage-type of unit, think of the brain as a processor.
“I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.” - Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
If you want to stock the mind with important things, you need to process and dispense of the less useful things. When I write, I’m getting blog-worthy material, observations on the weather, how I’m feeling, discrepancies noted at work, and all other manner of vast subject matter out onto the white space. Once the material has been expelled, I can then sift the matter into gold nuggets of insight and value. Get your old thoughts out, and you make room for new insights and values to enter. This must be done every day.
4. Showing Up Is Indeed the Best of Times, and the Worst of Times
You do this playing/drawing/sculpting thing every day. Sometimes, it gets rough. There are the bad days when your hands don’t move across the keyboard as smoothly as you’d like, the constant drawing and erasing does nothing to birth forth the vision in your head, or the forming and reforming of the clay refuse to express your mind's eye. Then there are the good days, when that keyboard phrasing simply flows, the drawings take on a life of their own, and the sculptures begin to breathe. Take hold of those days. They will reaffirm your passion as much as they do my own. The rewards far outweigh the difficulties.
"I posted hand lettering every day for two years and nobody cared. But then they did. Eventually they will. If you want to win, you need patience. You need consistency. Keep showing up." - Sean McCabe, seanwes
5. Showing Up Encourages and Inspires Others
I have an Instagram feed full of inspirational artists. I follow these talented people because they are consistently creating, posting their work, and teaching what they’ve learned. I love people like that. They remind me that I’m not alone in my journey and that hard work rewards those who persevere. I want to be that same inspiration to others, but that only happens when I show up every day. When I see creatives struggle, fight, and win the war of art, that success is contagious. Showing up every day is the fuel that drives that passion onward to greater levels of growth. You can do it.
"We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. What will become of us? We will lose our friends and family, who will no longer recognize us. We will wind up alone, in the cold void of starry space, with nothing and no one to hold on to.
Of course this is exactly what happens. But here's the trick. We wind up in space, but not alone. Instead we are tapped into an unquenchable, undepletable, inexhaustible source of wisdom, consciousness, companionship. Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they're better friends, truer friends. And we're better and truer to them." -Steven Pressfield, The War of Art