I’ve been counted out of more situations more times than I can remember, often before the situation even started. I think back to my freshman year in high school, when no one outside of my coaches gave me much of a chance to be a decent high school player. Fast-forward four years, and while the team and individual accolades piled up, there was still a doubt that I could be a successful scholarship player in college. Then, after college, no one gave me much of a chance to continue playing basketball, but I’m now training for my sixth year of minor league basketball.
Besides my work ethic and God’s blessing, one trait in particular stands out for my success on the court: my ability to just show up. You read correctly. My ability to show up on time and ready to work with an open mind has been just as critical in business and basketball as my jump shot and negotiating skills. In a world that makes it easier than ever to flake, I’ve made a commitment to show up, give my best effort, and trust God with the rest.
This has worked out in my favor time and time again. Think about what you might be putting off or dreading dealing with. What’s holding you back from showing up? Meet it head on, and you might still lose. I’m far from undefeated in the game of life, as other posts here can certainly attest to. But showing up at least gives you a puncher’s chance to make an impact.