We collectively seem to keep on looking for the secret to success in all the wrong places.
We think we'll know it when we see it - like some opulent movie star or bedazzling jewel.
We search for that elusive 'one' - the thing that if we just knew it, did it, prayed to it or ate it would give us what we seek.
The reality is beauty disguised as disappointment.
Because the secret to success isn't showy and flamboyant. It doesn't come with a gold ribbon or is announced by a fanfare.
The secret is deceptive. It seems quieter, softer and much more mundane than the sparkles.
And there in lies the magic.
Because if you really want this thing you seek you can have it.
Anyone can have it by simply and consistently showing up in their honesty. Showing up in their authenticity.
You don't have to shout
You don't have to be liked by everyone.
You just have to consistently, honestly, truly step out as you.
Show up today.
Make a baby step.
Tomorrow make another.
The next day another.
The next day? Keep going.
Reflect. Learn. Apply. Grow
Baby step by baby step.
Occasionally you may find the shining treasure. The break though, the amazing referral gigs, the leap forward. The things that get (and rightly deserve) the fanfares.
But they will be passing. The flash of the fireworks only lasts for seconds before fading into a trail of smoke.
The actions you do every day? They will add up.
They will create your body of work.
Your Growth. Your Foundation. Your Practice.
In this world of instant everything it's important not to fall for the lie.
This may not be quick. It certainly won't be instant. For every viral overnight success story there are a million baby steps that preceded it.
A blog post. A client session. An guest post. An interview. A consultation.
Repeat. Reflect. Learn. Grow
You may not be there yet. That's totally OK. You need time and consistency and just showing up. Again and again.
A blog post a week becomes 52 blog posts over a year.
A guest post a month becomes 12 in a year.
A trickle of signups to your mailing list becomes a steady stream.
One client becomes two. Two becomes three.
Repeat, Reflect, Learn, Grow.
You can totally do this.
Just look at how far you've come already.
Let the flash in the pans be just that.
You're building something that matters.
Show up. Repeat, Reflect, Learn, Grow