How Do You Show Up in Your Life?
Are you making great efforts in your life? It’s no longer possible to achieve great success in any area of your life by simply doing what is required of you and putting in your time. We are now eighteen years into the new millennium and you must “show up” in order to stand out from the crowd. This requires extra effort and massive action in everything you say and do.
The question is…how do you show up in your life? Are you a high performer? Is being “world class” important to you? It all comes down to perfecting your skills and making the commitment to regularly excel in these four areas:
- Time management
- Work ethic
First, make a list of the areas of your life you wish to work on and improve. These could be ones of a more general nature such as family and relationships, career, finances, community involvement, or more specific ones that might include reconnecting with a teenage child, returning to college for an advanced degree, paying off consumer debt, or volunteering with your church or a non-profit. I recommend choosing one or two as your initial focus and writing them down in your journal or planner.
Before we can take on any new project or venture we must manage our time in order to succeed with our predetermined goal. If that goal is to deepen your relationship with your spouse, sit down with him or her and plan some activities you both will enjoy. Perhaps you will see a movie or play once each month, visit a location not more than two hours from home and stay overnight once each month, volunteer together for a group you both believe in one Saturday morning each month, and spend a half hour after dinner five times a week going for a walk where each of you can discuss your day. For these action items to become a reality this time must be set aside and the two of you must commit to making that happen.
Sticking with this goal, each of you may also need to become more productive with your work, with other family obligations, and with your attitude toward finding ongoing activities for each of you to enjoy and share with your partner. Simply going online to see which films are showing that weekend or calling the same restaurant to make sure they have tables available is not enough. Show up and see what is possible!
I’ve written about work ethic in the past, and even have a bestselling book on this topic that was published in 2017. Having a strong work ethic does not refer only to our work, career, or business. To truly show up in your life your work ethic must overflow into everything you do. Perhaps you’ll make a reservation at your spouse’s favorite restaurant in honor of their birthday, and pick up a special gift to give to them that evening. And stopping in to the restaurant in advance to ask for a specific table and waiter may be the added touch that makes the event a complete success.
Communication is the beginning of all high level performance, so you must adequately communicate with everyone involved with your goal for it to succeed. Then go above and beyond to ensure that you speak personally with your spouse to make sure they understand and are in agreement with what you have planned, communicate with the restaurant and other people and businesses that are a part of your plan, and follow up with everyone as the date gets closer, as well as when it is over to thank them for their help.
Going above and beyond the status quo takes you to the level of being world class and a high performer. We have all known someone who shows up regularly in this way or have at least read about this concept in a book or seen it in a movie. This can become your reality if you are willing to do the work with time management, productivity, work ethic, and communication every single day. I encourage you to give this way of living a positive effort and then report back to me on your results and with any questions you may have. Show up for yourself and for others and your life will be changed forever.
I’m author and online marketing strategist Connie Ragen Green. I work with entrepreneurs to create multiple streams of online income and would love to connect with you. Download my Online Entrepreneur’s Blueprint and get started right away.