Ever have one of those days where you don’t “feel like it”?
Today is that day for me. Typing these words feels like walking through a swamp.
I can’t focus and I don’t know what to blog about.
The coffee shop I’m at has a live band playing next to it; so much for “quiet” time.
Kids are running around, the boss lady at the salon next door is interviewing a young lady. I hear their every word.
“If only I could be all alone, then I’d be productive…”
That’s crap and I know it.
There’s never a perfect time, a perfect place, or the perfect “flow.”
You gotta show up. Even when you can’t. And that’s what I’m doing by writing this.
What does showing up look like? Here are a few possibilities:
- Read ten pages of a book related to your field
- Send just ONE email to a prospect
- Read over your goals for the future
- Take two minutes to meditate
- Write down a list of things you are grateful for
- Call a loved one to tell them you care
- Spend one hour in solitude
If you still don’t know what to do, ask yourself the following: “What’s one thing I can do today that will get me closer to my goal?”
Another question I like is, “How can I be of service to those around me today?”
The Muse and Showing Up
In Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, he talks a lot about showing up.
“In sickness and in health, come hell or high water, we stagger into the factory.”
Pressfield says showing up is what invokes the muse.
What’s the muse? It’s angels. It’s creative genius. It’s the voice that whispered into Beethoven deafened ears. And it’s available to you–right now–if you choose it.
But it only shows up when you do.
It can’t be corraled or sold, only channeled. It means sitting your ass in the chair and doing the work.
So when you’re feeling overwhelmed, underslept, or overburdened, find it inside you to show up.
Show up for yourself, your dreams, and the future you. Invoke the muse. Invoke possibility.
Showing up isn’t just a habit, it’s an art.