Steven Pressfield’s blog post this week was called Just Show Up and talked about the importance of putting yourself in the arenas where you want to succeed. So simple. So easy to resist.
In my early days of studying success, I discovered that the folks who made the effort, who spent the time and money to attend seminars and gatherings of other entrepreneurs invariably succeeded more quickly than those who avoided such events.
Part of their success could be explained as gathering ideas and information that was helpful to their business. But that was only part. Being in the presence of other business builders also made a huge impact.
One of the most difficult things I ever do is to convince new (and not so new) entrepreneurs to include in their plans regular attendance at events where they’ll connect with other joyfully jobless folks. How do you know when it’s time to show up? Here are some signs:
You’ve reached all of your goals
You’ve reached none of your goals
You’re in need of some fresh ideas
You’d like to get a new perspective
Your kids think you’re a nerd and you suspect they’re right
You can’t remember the last time you felt really excited about something
You have more ideas than you know what to do with
You’re scared to death of your real dreams
You’re ready for a new adventure
You remember that a change of scenery always refreshes you
You aren’t making the kind of progress that you’d like
Nobody ever asks you what’s new
You need time to figure out your next step
You want to be bolder
Resistance is stronger than inspiration
You’re ready to have more fun with your business
You think boring and ordinary are the scariest words in the English language
You want to expand your entrepreneurial network
You believe your dreams are a good investment
Your creative spirit needs a jumpstart
You’re tired of trying to fit someone else’s idea of who you should be
It sounds like fun
Or as Steven Pressfield says, “There’s tremendous power in putting your ass where your heart wants to be.”
You can participate in events large or small. If you’d like to be part of a tiny group that’s committed to helping you gain momentum and forward movement, consider joining Alice Barry and me for Follow Through Camp coming up on November 6 & 7 in Chaska, MN. If you want to be along for this amazing event, don’t dither. From the moment I announced this next session, orders started arriving.