Perfection vs SHOWING UP!

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A few days back I was having a very interesting conversation with my boss on a book I gifted him for Christmas, and he said that one thing which resonated with him immensely, was the “SHOW UP” attitude. Coming to think of it, I can not agree more.

“Woody Allen once said that 80% of success in life is just showing up,” she says. “And I think grit inclines individuals to show up for their commitments, and to keep showing up.”

– Angela Duckworth

I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out how to write a report, how to build that consolidation macro, running a 5K or how to get fitter and be a healthier person. I’d be staring at the blinking cursor or doing tons of research but what eventually matters is

  1. GETTING STARTED +
  2. SHOWING UP EVERY SINGLE DAY +
  3. BEING OPEN TO CRITICISM AND FEEDBACK +
  4. Documenting daily progress +
  5. Having accountability

Chasing perfection leads to a fear of failure, fear of criticism and fear of not being “good-enough”.

Disclaimer: I’m not advocating MEDIOCRITY.

What I believe is that learning and improvements can happen continually and in increments.

You grow your skillsets over a period of time rather than a point in time!

Also, there are days where you feel like you’re drowning to the depths of despair. Where even getting up from the bed and having a shower feels like a struggle. When you are so emotionally low, that you’re in a vicious cycle of negative emotions and unproductivity. In such times, SHOWING UP is an elixir. That’s how you break that vicious cycle and create new momentum.

Let me know your thoughts on this! 🙂

Cheers!

 

5 thoughts on “Perfection vs SHOWING UP!

  1. I mostly agree Himali. I’m sure you have the talents, grits, and gumption to keep showing up, improving, and reaching for your dreams and goals. I’m at a place in my life where I don’t have as much enthusiasm for trying to improve myself. Best wishes for the new year.

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