Ultra Lesson #2 . . . Show Up

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?


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Chris Patton

10 years ago

Great post, Randy!
You are so right about showing up…unfortunately, that is not the norm anymore. Sure, there are people who show up for everything they ever sign up for, but most either no-show or show up in body only!
At Catalyst, I was talking to Jim Reese, CEO of the Atlanta Mission, and he gave me a new perspective on this. He said one of the ways we can have the biggest impact in ministering to the homeless is to just “show up.”
He said we often underestimate the impact of just showing up to minister to people who have had key people fail to show up for them their entire lives. He said they get to the point where they don’t expect anyone to show up for them anymore because so many have failed them over the years. Then, when loving Christians show up to help them, whether through Bible study, feeding them, or just talking, they come alive!
I had never thought about it like that before. I am trying to figure out where I can show up today.
Thanks for the encouragement!


10 years ago

Awesome Chris. Make a difference bro!

Coach McAllister

10 years ago

Beautiful! Showing up with the right “frame of mind” is step #2!


10 years ago

Great insight Coach!


10 years ago

Good luck on Saturday, Randy… we’ll be sure to track you online to make sure you Show Up^H^H^H^H^H do well.
Living vicariously through your talents^H^H^H^H^H commitment. 🙂

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