Keep Showing Up

Keep Showing Up

SO I NEED TO BE HONEST...I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TODAY.

It's just been one of those weeks. I don't have a specific post planned or some type of business advice I want to share...and I can't even think of something to write.

Today, I have nothing.

But here's my dilemma. When I decided to launch this blog I made the commitment to make every effort possible to get a post out twice a week – and today...it's blog day.

Today finds me sitting at the Dollop Cafe in Chicago, watching the gorgeous spring sun rise over the buildings out the window in front of me while the smells of brewing V60s and espresso waft over the bar behind me. I'm sitting here sipping a delicious Burundi pour-over trying to dream up some post that will give you some awesome business advice or help spur on your career – and I'm coming up empty. But I made the commitment to post twice a week and so I have to post something, right?

AND THAT GOT ME THINKING.

 

sometimes success is just as much about showing up consistently as it is about CREATING amazing content.

Here's what I mean. It'd be amazing if overnight success stories were commonplace. But unfortunately, those type of stories are incredibly rare. Instead, success usually comes after weeks, months, and years of hard work...after consistently putting in the time and effort to grow your craft and become an expert in your field...that's when "all the sudden" success happens.

In the moments of indifference and weariness, it's easy to slack off.  For me, this happens when I don't have specific photoshoots on the calendar. For you, it could be a number of things. But wherever you're at, if you're serious about learning your craft and growing your business, just keep showing up. Don't have a specific job to do? Do something creative just for fun. Haven't used your gear in awhile? Get outside and challenge yourself to try something new. No assignments on the calendar? Spend the time researching and studying so that when responsibility hits you'll be ready for it.

Here's my point – SHOW UP.

Even on the days when you don't feel like it. Even when you're not feeling creative enough to produce the content you want. Even when you'd rather be doing something else. Show up. And then show up again. And again. Developing a skill set and growing a business takes a lot of work and if you slack off when you're not feeling motivated you'll never develop the incentive and drive you'll need to power on when the going gets rough.

Instead, use your downtime to grow. Show up and work even when you're not feeling it. Creativity takes work (I wrote another blog about that) and the very act of showing up builds the habits in your mind that will drive you to keep growing. Sometimes, like me, you'll feel you have nothing to offer.

BUT PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE ANYWAY AND FORCE YOURSELF TO GROW...YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT CREATE.