There is a reason some people are able to accomplish “Ultra” things and others are not.  You might be surprised to find out the determinant of such feats usually has less to do with talent than it does commitment.  That is good news for those of us who are mere mortals like me.

This coming Saturday I am going to put my commitment to the ultimate test when I step to the starting line for the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k.

Which brings me to the second thing that will be required if I am to achieve my goal of finishing my first Ultra Marathon.

Show Up

Yesterday we saw the importance of “signing up.”  But signing up is not enough.  You must also show up.

How many people do you know who make an initial commitment but then never follow through?  They never “show up.”

I have a friend who is notorious for saying, “Showing up is half the battle.”  Very true.  Unfortunately it is the other half of the battle I am worried about (More on that tomorrow).

However, showing up is the hardest part for some.  Promises are made only to be broken.  Job interviews are a cake walk compared to showing up for work and bringing your best. Everyone talks about having a great family.  The challenge lies in showing up for your kid’s events or maintaining a weekly date night with your spouse.

Indeed, showing up is required if you ever hope to maximize your influence.

Is there a place in your life where you have signed up but still haven’t shown up?  If so, why not make an adjustment today and toe the line?

There is a race.  You know what it is in your context.  You have what it takes to run it.

But only if you “show up.”



Where do you need to “show up” this week?


Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.