“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else…
Tonight’s muse comes with a picture. Just one, and that’s all you get. Oh, and a question. Isn’t it true that the best of stories always seem to be closer to reality than they are to fiction? They transfigure their medium, becoming something else, much more valuable than words on paper, sentences glued together.
The best of stories are always more… more than all their components put together, more than just storytelling or mastery of the word. The best of stories are closer to revealing who we are than anything else we’ll ever create.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
“Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.” – Steve Martin
“Showing up is 80 percent of life.” – Woody Allen
Showing up. At your job, at a meeting. Sitting down at your desk because it’s time to write.
When you feel like it or not.
When you’d much rather do anything else.
Discipline requires tremendous mental effort.
It’s the extra mile, the extra routine, the two or three hundred more words that you write.
That little extra is what really makes the difference.
Showing up when you don’t feel like it, when you just want to act lazy and sit in bed and listen to music all day long.
Success is all about showing up. That’s it.
Show up. Do your thing. Finish stuff.
It’s that easy and that hard. That simple and that complicated.