Whether it’s true or not that “80% of life is just showing up,” as claimed by actor and film producer, Woody Allen is anybody’s guess. Here’s what you can take to the bank: you can modify, shape and polish the WAY you show up with determination, effort, and forethought. So why not give it a try? To paraphrase, Ken Druck, author of “The Real Rules of Life,” a big part of mastering the game of life is turning adversity into opportunity.
Of the many valuable lessons learned in years of professional coach training, one of the most memorable had to do with the importance of building reserves. When you have reserves you’re always a little ahead of the game. You keep your exercise activity a little above the minimum so if you miss a day, the sky isn’t going to fall. Keep your weight a couple to three pounds below your “maximum allowed” so there’s no need to diet or obsess about it.
Stock your freezer with something for a decent dinner when you come in tired or unexpectedly late and something in your pantry for a nutritious breakfast the next morning. Clean pressed clothes in the closet ready and fit for a meeting and systems in place to start the morning at your best rather than overwhelmed and cloaked in excuses. All this determines how you show up.
Having an extra $20, a $5 and a couple of $1’s tucked in between your credit cards comes in handy more times than you might think. Once you start thinking in terms of reserves, you’ll think of even more ways to de-stress your life.
Keep enough gas in your car to drive 100 miles so you never run the risk of cruising on fumes. Remember the frustration of having to replace ink cartridges and printer paper at the worst possible time? Stop living this way! Stop showing up late—or frazzled! It’s so unnecessary and so self-sabotaging. Instead, show up early and at your best—confident, composed, vital and trim. Be the person you aspire to be!