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What If You Just Showed Up?

What If You Just Showed Up
Dr. Zoe Shaw, A Year of Self-Care

Ever want to stay on the couch when you know you need to go to the gym?

Ever want to skip work and play hooky to secretly binge on whatever show you just got hooked on?

Ever want to dodge church because you haven’t been in years and you have no idea what you’d be walking into?

Do you ever not do something because you’ve never done it before and the unknown is more terrifying than the reality of finding out what might happen if you just showed up?

Just show up…

What if I told you that simply showing up was over half of the battle? The hardest part for me is just getting out of the house. I know what I need to do, I know what I am interested in doing, but I somehow always find myself making excuses. Maybe I say that I don’t have the time. Maybe I don’t feel ready. Maybe the weather will be better tomorrow. On and on that list could go, but I do have the time, and the weather is just fine. I’m simply either too scared or too lazy.

But, when I feel most accomplished, is when I did something I didn’t want to do. Dishes. Laundry. Cleaning… When those things get done, I feel great because, while I dreaded it, I showed up to do it anyway. So imagine if we actually committed to being present to whatever challenges we are facing; it’s already 50% easier than if we had stayed home. Mentally or physically. You just have to show up.

You’ll never succeed if you never try. You’ll never get promoted if you don’t go to work. You’ll never make memories if you stay on the couch instead of following through on those plans with your girlfriends that you’ve been talking about for years. You’ll never have stories to tell of that one time you left the house when you didn’t want to.

…you never know what could happen!

So go—what is the worst that could happen?

At a social gathering, maybe your anxiety kicks in, and you feel out of place… Or, maybe you’ll meet a new friend! Afraid to go to dinner or the movies alone? You may feel a little on display because you’re flying solo, but maybe you’ll taste the most delicious dinner and dessert of your entire life! Or, maybe that movie is the best film you’ve ever seen, and you would have missed out on all of it because you weren’t feeling independent enough.

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Have you ever gone on a hike, found a killer view, and said to yourself, “And to think I almost stayed home today.” Take that moment, or moments similar, and use that adrenaline rush, that in-awe-of-yourself feeling, to motivate and inspire you to show up for your life.

If the person you really want to be is a strong, successful, hard-working, go-getter type of individual, then you have to start somewhere because that intended version of yourself isn’t going to come knocking on your door. They’re not going to come “Netflix and Chill” with you. You have to do some of the things you don’t want to do in order to become the person you want to be.

And every experience you have from that mental checkpoint forward; every success, every failure, every scar, bruise, or sore muscle, every medal, trophy, or certificate, every Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook post are nothing but proof that you showed up.

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Cortney's found beauty in the warriors from around the world—from those who’ve had to fight tougher battles and still smile. When it comes to life, she’d say sweating the small stuff only makes you smell bad.

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