Have you ever met or spoken to someone who lived a life of endless excuses—you know, that person who explains away why s/he didn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t, or just wouldn’t do something?
Not long ago, I had a conversation with someone who attempted to justify why s/he was experiencing limited success. Now, here was a person whose figurative car had broken down by the side of the road, and was wondering why no one was stopping to help him/her as s/he sat in the car.
I mean, this individual would list every excuse as to why her/his unfavorable circumstances and missed opportunities were other people’s fault. This person swore by the gods that s/he was doing everything to get back on the highway while s/he sat in the vehicle the entire time.
What do you think is the problem here? A sense of entitlement? Fear of success? Fear of failure? Fear of responsibility?
Here are the takeaways:
- People are more inclined to stop and help you push your car if they first see you pushing your car by yourself.
- The things in our lives we make a priority are the things we no longer have to make excuses for.
- There will be times when life will deal us a less-than-optimal hand; even so, it is up to us to adjust and adapt to whatever the situation is.
- Responsible people take ownership of every facet of their lives.
- Life often presents to us a plethora of opportunities that come disguised as obstacles or problems.
Happy 4th Weekend!!
Featured image: FRANCE – MAY 24: A little boy pushing his father’s broken down 2 CV on the French Riviera on July 23, 1964. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)