It matters that you show up

The other day Seth Godin wrote his 6000th post on his blog. Six f******g thousand!

This is number 21.

From that article one line really stood out to me, ‘It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it, buys it, sponsors it or shares it. It matters that you show up.’ and it got me thinking, do I always show up?

I know I am consistent in certain parts of my life, and I am consistently lacking consistency in others.

I always dedicate time to my family, I know that I always work hard in the gym and that after 8 years I still have the passion for the work I do at 5or6.

However after 12 years of living away from home I still forget every now and then to put the rubbish out, or that we have run out of tooth paste, and I need to pick some up on the way home from work.

My inability to remember some of these things is most probably due to the fact that they don’t mean as much to me as my family or work does. But this doesn’t mean these small lapses in my memory don’t impact on others.

If I forget to do something, it means someone else will have to do it, and letting people down isn’t a great feeling. So learning how to get the small things done is a big deal.

I have learnt over the years that I work best from lists.

My mind can be a crazy swirl of ideas and thoughts that spark into life and peter out in fractions of a second, so writing things down helps me sort through the clutter and focus on what needs to be done.

Because one thing I do know is that it matters that you care for others, and it matters that you are reliable, because it matters that you show up.

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