Sometimes All You Need Is To Show Up


It’s a cliche, but it’s a good one: “Sometimes all you need to do is just show up.” I have seen its power in my own life. As a matter of fact, it works for me on a daily basis.

Sometimes you just need to show up Maurilio Amorim

I cannot tell you how many times I have abandoned personal growth goals because I was too afraid, too lazy or too discouraged to even try, so I didn’t even bother showing  up.

You can’t fail if you don’t try, right? Wrong.

For me the greatest battle is winning over my mind. Waking up at 5 am and dragging myself to the gym when I don’t feel like going is not always easy to do. Sitting down and working on a project that’s important but not urgent is tough to do sometimes.

But there’s so much more than just showing up at the gym or getting your job done. Sometimes just showing up at a potential client will get you the sale because you’re present at the right time. Showing up at a counseling session when you don’t feel like it, might be the first step to making the changes you need in your life. Showing up at your child’s dance recital after a hard working day might create a bond that could last a lifetime.

So we need to be present, fully engaged and committed to make the kind of progress we want. However, these are secondary actions. They don’t matter if you are not there. Because before you can engage, you must first show up.

What area of your life do you need to just show up?

  • It was Woody Allen who said that 80% of success is showing up.

    If you can win the battle of the mind, you are more likely to win the war.

    Thanks for the reminder Maurilio, as always, I love your ideas.

  • Carl Frasier

    Maurilio, I really needed this message this morning. I need to show up at a couple of places today. Thank yo for the post.

  • Jason Larsen

    I often find that if I show up, my heart will follow. If I wait for the right motivations to show up (which so many young people do nowadays!), then I won't show up to anything! I'll keep missing out on what might be a great experience, or something good for me!

    Thanks for the reminder, Maurilio!

    • Thanks for showing up at my session during Rejuvenate. Hope it was worth being present. 🙂

  • Great point: fear of the unknown robs us to the most fun and serendipitous moments in life. And thanks. I fixed the typo.

  • Great story Craig! Congrats on showing up and persevering.

  • When I don't want to but then push past it and actually show up… there's almost always something that turns out to be a big win in some way. Not just "glad" I did it feeling but a BIG win in some unique way that goes way beyond that moment.

    I think a lot in life is a test and we get an extra reward if we obey and go.

  • I completely agree, and experience has only reinforced this for me. I could tell so many stories in my life when I wanted to quit and not show up, but when I did show up, something incredible happened. nnRemember the time I showed up and made my first eagle putt? Good times 🙂

  • Jehiel Ortiz

    Yesterday I was in an event and I feel just like you said without the desire to attend, then when my boss saw me, she tells me, “it’s a real honor to work with you, thanks for coming, your presence it’s very important to me”

    I thanks God, because I meet you personally. You don’t imagine how this post encourage me today. Thanks Man!

    • I’m glad I got to meet you personally as well and that the post was an encouragement to you.

  • I need to show up at the gym. All of my progress towards getting into the USAF Doesn’t matter if I can’t pass the physical standards.

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