6 Ways to Show Up and Get Ahead

If you want to show up, then get up.  Get up, get your shoes on, and get moving.  Do it like it were basic training.  

How easy it is to roll over and smash the snooze button when your alarm goes off. 

Sure, it’s easy to stay in bed for a few more precious minutes under your warm cozy covers.  It’s easy, but the worst thing to do first thing in the morning is go back into bed. 

“It’s easy, but the worst thing to do first thing in the morning is go back into bed.” 

You’re losing every time you hit the snooze and lay back down.

You can’t always go along with what feels good at the moment.  Kick in the self-discipline and go with what is right. Go with what is going to make you better and give you a better life. 

You know what that is because you will be uncomfortable.  Being uncomfortable is where you grow. 

Get out of your bed, break that damn alarm clock, win your morning, and show up to be the hero of your story!

The easy part

Anything done with motivation can be easy.

It’s easy to show up and accomplish things when you’re feeling motivated and full of energy.  Anyone can do that. 

Ask yourself this, how many of those days do you have? 

It’s not every day, that’s for damn sure.  If you count them, you’ll be surprised how very few there are.New Years

There would be a lot more successful people in this world if they were constantly motivated.  Even if they had more days of motivation than not.

Unfortunately, that is never the case for anyone.   

Working, progressing, improving only when you are motivated is not progress that will last.  Motivation is purely momentary and when that moment passes, it’s gone. 

What then? 

Usually, we fall back into the trap of going through the motions in life.  The progress made during the moment of motivation is lost.

The hard part

It’s the days that you don’t have the energy that truly matter.  The days where there isn’t an ounce of motivation in your body, but you get to work anyway. 

When you don’t feel like waking up early, going to the gym, working on your project, studying for your test, and getting better.  It’s those days that it becomes absolutely imperative that you fight that feeling of comfort and do it. 

That’s when you must show up.

Most days, all it takes is to show up.

Showing up is the first step and it’s the hardest step to take.

Show up and make it a habit

You don’t feel like working out? Great!  Show up to the gym anyway.

Chances are you’re going to work out if you do.  It doesn’t matter if it was a bad workout or a great workout.  What matters is that you showed up, you put in work. 

You strengthen the habit of showing up.  Show up consistently.

“Show up consistently.”

Showing up is the start of gaining momentum and building it in your favor my friend.

When you don’t feel like writing, you better plant your ass in front of that computer screen or notebook anyway.  Start with a few words, grind into it and before you know it, you’ve written 250 words. 

Then you’ve written 500 words.

WritingYou could possibly snap out of your stupor to find 1000 words on what was once a blank page. And it started with showing up.

It doesn’t matter how many words you write.  Once again, what matters is that you showed up in front of that screen, in front of that paper and wrote. 

Imagine you did that for a year straight writing at least 250 words.  At the end of the year, you will have written a book.   A good sized book at that.

Forgo instant gratification. 

Get out of your comfy bed, get off the lazy boy, get away from the water cooler and just show up. 

Like the one and only Joe Rogan said, “90% of success is just showing up. You’re not going to feel perfect every day.  Get there and start working.”


“90% of success is just showing up. You’re not going to feel perfect everyday.  Get there and start working.” —Joe Rogan

Make it easier to show up in 6 ways

It’s difficult enough to show up when there is no motivation. 

Make it easier on yourself to show up.  Encourage yourself by setting up you’re environment up for success. 

1. Stage your items

Prepare your items

It’s a lot easier to get something done when whatever you’re going to use is ready and easily accessible. 

If you’re going to work out in the morning, have your clothes and shoes ready to go. 

Planning on eating more fruit then have it out where it’s visible and easy to get to. 

If you want to read more, make your books easily accessible. 

Make it easy to see the things you’re going to use to make yourself better.  Easy to access and always in view. 

2. Eliminate distractions

Do not disturb

The biggest distraction of them all is our phones.  It has become a habit to most to check our phones every few minutes or open up one of the apps for no apparent reason. 

Eliminate this distraction by disabling notifications, turning the phone off or setting it to do not disturb. 

Schedule time to not be disturbed. 

Remove the television from your room. 

Do what you must to eliminate any distractions from what you’re trying to accomplish.

3. Designate areas and time

Home office

Designate areas of your place for specific functions. 

Such as where you will read, where you will work out, where you will write, where you will sleep and so on. 

Designate a specific time for each function as well.  Keeping a schedule that you can stick to will make miracles happen. 

Do this so you know that at a certain time that is for business, pleasure, or relaxing.

4. Accountability

accountability partner

Get an accountability partner to keep you in check whenever you even have a thought about not to show. 

You can also post it on social media and let everyone else hold you accountable. 

Be warned, you will not always receive the type of accountability you’re looking for.  Although it can be effective, having an accountability partner would be ideal.  

Either way, should you go the social media route, do not let the negativity you may encounter derail you. 

5. Write it down

write it down

Write it down and make it visible. 

Get a calendar and cross out the days you show up.  This has a mental benefit and acts as a motivator as well. 

It doesn’t have to be a calendar. 

Use a journal, a notebook, notecards, sticky notes, a napkin, anything will work as long as you write it down and make it visible for you to see every day.

6. Celebrate and don’t settle


Celebrate each day that you show up because each day that you do is a win for you.

You don’t have to throw an extravagant party or anything like that.  Give yourself a pat on the back.  Some good words and good thoughts are celebrations and they can go a long way too. 

Reinforce the habit of showing up with celebrating each win. 

Do not settle though. 

When you go through a week of showing up, don’t tell yourself that that was good enough and quit. 

Keep going and make it habit deeply ingrained into you. 

Bottom Line

Show up every single time.  Do it without exception.  Show up on the days that you don’t feel like showing up.  Make it easier for yourself to show up.  Remember, that is when it is most important that you do.

That’s how you become successful.  If you want to be fit, that is how you get fit.  It’s how you become a writer and it’s how you become a great parent and a great spouse.

To put it bluntly, that is how you become a bad ass.



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