Life is on the wire,
the rest is just waiting.*
Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.**
I hesitate when I should be moving, and there’s no better way to hide in waiting than to appear busy.
Something happens to us when we are moving, deeper than we know:
We now know that if you change your mind and behaviour in a healthy way, helpful changes in your body will come along for the ride, down to almost every single cell in your body.^
When we move, we change.
But not when we’re waiting.
We need to stop waiting. Thinking about something in a focused way can count as showing up and is a good place to begin – we need to show up with our minds and hearts as well as our hands, anyway. What it does is akin to the call of the starter: On your marks, set ... .
You’ll know if it has worked if, as the athlete falls forward when taking their arms away, you fall into action when you conclude your deeply focused thinking.
*Papa Wallenda, quoted in Seth Godin’s The Practice.
**From Kevin Kelly’s The Technium post: 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice. Here’s a video of the 68 bits of advice from Kevin Kelly.
From Steven Hawes’ A Liberated Mind.