You Can’t Just Show Up

About 20 years ago, I played in one of the ugliest basketball games in my short lived basketball career. It was during a holiday tournament and my high school team played a 9am game.

I think there were about 37 people in the building (counting the cheerleaders) and you could hear every conversation going on. Needless to say, there was very little energy or excitement.

At halftime, the score was 11–8 and when the final buzzer went off, we lost 24–21. Yes, that’s right, the final score of a varsity high school basketball game was 24–21. It was utterly embarrassing.

Although we had several excuses on why we played so poorly (early start time, injuries, off day), the reality was that we assumed we could just “show up,” go through the motions and play a decent game. We were sorely mistaken and I learned a great lesson that day.

I have experienced and observed this lesson in life and business over the next twenty years as well.

I know professionals who feel that if they just “show up” for work every day, they will improve and get the results they desire. That is simply not the case.

Your growth and development at work, home, and in anything you want to improve upon will never happen automatically. You don’t get better by just waking up, putting your clothes on, heading to the office, going through the motions, coming home, and turning on the TV.

My mentor says, “You don’t improve by simply living. You have to be intentional about it.”

For a large part of your life (your formal education), you showed up and were told what to learn, what to do, and how to do it. Then you graduate.

Once your formal education is finished, you must take complete ownership of your growth and development because guess what…….no one will do it for you.

If you want to improve and get better results in your life, you don’t have the luxury of simply “showing up.” Anyone can show up and that’s what most of our society does.

Some people tell me they just need more experience to be successful. While experience can be a great teacher, I know many people who simply experience the same day over and over and over. That’s not growth, that’s repetition.

Just as I learned on the basketball court 20 years ago, anyone can show up and get poor results. The difference between those who remain bound in their past and those that move forward is those moving forward show up with passion, hunger, and the desire to improve themselves daily.  They never just “show up.”

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