Just Show Up

Open Door OpportunityForgive the departure. We’ll be back to our normally scheduled programming next week…

So often, we tell ourselves we want to do something special. We have big conversations about where we’d like to go or what we’d like to accomplish.

Far too often, those ideas never go any further than words. We encounter some kind of resistance and we move on to something else. My best advice:

Just show up.

Don’t worry about figuring out all of the details. Refuse to give in to the million and one reasons why you can’t. Stop stressing about all the steps in the process. Quit freaking out about how ‘big’ your idea is or how ambitious your goals are.

Just show up.

Build an arc in the middle of a desert. Put in the time. Pour out the sweat. Suffer through the hard hours; even when no one seems to care or understand. Push yourself to the point where nothing you’re doing makes sense any more and you would rather stay home.

Just show up.

Live as you’re led and pursue your God-given calling. Do everything it takes no matter how uncomfortable or scary it is. Break into a full-on sprint towards a firmly closed door just because He told you to. Watch that door swing wide open.

When you realize just how afraid you are of what’s on the other side… just show up.

I’m immeasurably thankful for good friends, sanctified stubbornness, and God’s grace.

More to come.

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  • http://eileenknowles.blogspot.com eileen

    Great advice and some I really needed to hear today. Thanks.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you for the comment, Eileen. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day.

  • Alicia

    Excellent…but the English teacher in me cringed as I read “Live as your lead” ….which as written has a completely different meaning than “Live as you’re led” which I think is what you meant.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Two of my biggest pet peeves committed, by me, in one sentence. Thanks for the heads up. Looks like I was a little more tired than I thought last night. Thank you for reading!

      • Alicia

        It’s alwasy easier to correct other people’s writing….and a great example of how spell check doesn’t catch every error. Thanks for posting!

  • Anonymous

    You just gave the secret.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Yes, sir. I can’t wait to elaborate. Thanks so much for reading.

  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    Beautiful, wonderful advice. It’s so simple, yet so tough at the same time. We just have to keep on plugging away, no matter how hard it is. Most people give up right before they reach success. It’s that final stretch where the magic happens.

    Thanks for the fantastic reminder, Kenny. I’m sure we could all stand to hear this message.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      So true. Too many give up at the point just before the break. Here’s to stubbornly pushing forward. :)

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason Wert

    Good stuff, Kenny.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Jason.

  • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

    I’m loving the last sentence.

    I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I felt out of place a lot when I was younger. I mean I was one of those people that was friends with everyone but never had really close friends. Turns out I just hasn’t found my confidants yet that sort of get me (and what I thought were eccentricities.) Stubbornness has a lot to do with pushing through anyway.

    I’ll second Jason, Good stuff, Kenny.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you for reading, Erica. If you ask me, I’d rather be out of place than in place. Stay eccentric. ;)

      • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

        Umhm. I “fit in” about as well as a porcupine designing a website.

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

    Thats right…such a good word.

    You are correct, you never know what God is going to do, all you can do is show up and see what happens.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Yes sir. Thanks for the comment, Kyle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DMeshow David Michaud

    Kenny, this is a gold nugget. you motivate me.
    Thank you for your posts.

  • Leximackinnon

    I really like this post…super encouraging! Thanks Kenny!

  • Kristil

    Wow, Kenny! Just where I am…afraid to walk through that door. Food for thought!

  • http://twitter.com/BradBlackman Brad Blackman

    I thought I posted this earlier, but it must not have gone through:

    The artist Chuck Close says, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”