“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
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
“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.
It happens to all kinds of artists. Writers, painters, sculptors, actors, singers. And it’s painful. You don’t feel like doing anything, or you feel as if everything you do is crap. You’re the worst artist ever born. You feel like that’s it. You’re done.
But there’s only one thing you can do:
You fight it.
Yes, it’s as simple as that. The definition of a successful artist is that of a person who makes art on good days and on bad, who keeps on painting, drawing, writing, even when the entire world seems to conspire against them. But you keep on doing your thing, no matter what.
Don’t wait for it to pass, don’t do other stuff…
Sit down at your desk and wait until your fingers start punching those damn keys.
Pen in one hand, your mind aimlessly wandering on an entirely different plane of existence, you force yourself to come up with something.
Stare at a wall until you figure something out.
Even if it feels like crap, you keep at it. Because, odds are, it’s not. it’s just you, just your perception.
Fight it, damn it.
That is all.
The best works of art come from somewhere. A mystical land called “hard work.” They don’t magically appear.
That is all.