Showing Up Is 100% of the Work

Three women siting on a couch discussing a project with an open laptop on the coffee table in front of them.

At Kabuvu, we like to talk a lot about community, systems, and mindsets because we know that when you set a goal, you will need to be intentional about all three of these things to make achieve that goal.

The bedrock of any successful community, system, or goal is the every day mindset. This the mindset that says, “I’m going to show up every day for this community, for this goal, for this system.” And that mindset is how goals get accomplished, how systems stay up and running, and how communities sustain themselves.

People respond well to consistency, but few people are deliberately consistent. But without daily, actionable steps, you won’t be able to feel the sense of momentum that will push you through the difficult times, or the sense of clarity that comes as you achieve your well-defined goals.

If you’re in business, people need to see consistency in your business so they can decide when to trust you enough to purchase your goods and services. If you’re a part of a team at work, your consistent actions will have a similar, trust-building effect. Consistency in life starts with the every day mindset applied throughout every aspect of your life.

So how do you start developing this mindset?
As simple as this will sound, the first step is to just show up every day and do, or execute, at least one thing. Small, daily, action-filled steps create large impactful results. When you show up every day to execute at least one thing in the service of your goals and your dreams, you’ll see the rewards of your consistent work.

How do you show up daily? You plan for it. Pick a time of the day that you’ll use exclusively for achieving your goals. Even though I run two other businesses aside from Kabuvu, I’ve got a one hour block of time that I dedicate to Kabuvu every day, so between the hours of 8pm and 9pm, wherever I am, it’s Kabuvu o’clock!

Each of my other businesses have larger blocks of time dedicated to them as well. If you’re not doing this already, then you should pick a shorter period of time, even if it’s just 15 minutes. But make sure that it’s something you can commit to EVERY DAY.

How do you sustain this mindset?
The every day mindset doesn’t work unless you’ve given yourself something to do every day. Now few of us know how to develop actionable plans, but you can’t be successful in anything without knowing what you’re supposed to do or where you’re supposed to be at any given moment of the day. You have to plan for it.

Get clear about what your goal is and write down the steps you’re going to take to achieve it. Plan your goals all the way to the end, visualizing what the end looks like every step of the way. Then assign those steps a period of time on your calendar so that you know when you need to show up for each step.

How do you succeed with this mindset?
You have to EXECUTE, to actually DO something. The most important thing is that you COMPLETE or EXECUTE at least one thing every day. That’s why we plan things all the way to the end and put them on our calendar. When you’re just shifting into this mindset, it can be tempting to try and complete big projects in one day. But that’s the fastest way to burnout. Break down your projects into TINY, ACTIONABLE steps that you can EXECUTE each day. That feeling of EXECUTING is unparalleled. It gives you momentum, a sense of purpose, and the self-motivation you need to pursue your vision.

All together now!
When you put these steps all together you get:

Day and

Or, S.U.E.D.E. A.L.O.T.T.

That’s Ms Suede Alott to you!

In all seriousness, if you’re really about your goals, then you’re gonna feed them every day by showing up. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but when you get that momentum going, you will look up one day and realize just how much you’ve accomplished. So get to it!

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