Woody Allen famously said that ‘Eighty percent of success is showing up.’ By showing up for that gym class we’re already 80% successful in caring for our physical health. We’re already 80% successful in making friends by showing up to things we are invited to, and 80% already successful in igniting our creativity when we turn up to that weaving/painting/woodwork class.
The same principle should be applied to our mental health too. Consider: what if we are already 80% successful in our journey toward whole hearted living when we turn up for every art therapy, psychology, counselling, yoga, or music therapy (to name just a few).
Show up to every single appointment even when you feel like crap. Show up when you haven’t slept well or when you feel overwhelmed or angry; also show up when you feel great. The consistent and intentional commitment to showing up has you already at success. You have survived the abuse/grief/betrayal, you will survive the therapy. Just keep showing up.
Now pat yourself on the back and say “Well done!”