Why showing up consistently, even if it’s hard, will change everything

Alex Mathers
5 min readOct 2


It is hard to move out of the darkness.

To cross the chasm into being recognised, following years spent in the unknown.

To make a living from our own ideas, rather than from a payslip, can be a monumental challenge.

The hordes at the gates seem to grow with each new day:

More talent with which to compete; more obstacles; more to fear; more to blame for our misfortune.

We see how hard it is, and continuously change our approach, our tools, and our direction.

We blame ‘distractions,’ but really, our problem is that we lack strategy.

This leaves many of us in a daze that keeps us walking the familiar loop.

Most will never move out of obscurity.

The beauty so many are capable of will never see the light of day.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

The momentum and the fire in our hearts that accompany a sense of progress will never materialise for most.

But that can change if you want it to.

This takes assertiveness.

To believe in something.

Something singular.

A focal point.

Not to spread yourself among many things to see anaemic progress in each.

But a core focus that is prioritised before all else.

Something that receives your daily attention. Something that you use your most creative energy for.

A nail to be hammered, one hair width at a time.

This is why people run.

A focal point means monotony, boredom, a degree of suffering, and the hardest part of all: turning your back on the allure of the alternative.



Alex Mathers

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