You can either make excuses or you can make success happen.
🚗 Running late because of a flat tire?
Blame the tire.
🚕 Running late because your ride is late?
Blame the ride.
📞 Can’t get a hold of who you’re meeting?
Blame them for not being available.
Instead, own the circumstances and charge ahead.
Make. It. Happen.
This morning I got a flat tire on the way to an 8:15 am appointment.
It was 8:05. ⏱
I could call my wife, but I didn’t want to overwhelm her with getting three kids ready on short notice and have her take on any anxiety because of my time crunch.
So I called an Uber.
5 minutes until arrival.
I looked up and saw his Toyota Corolla. But it didn’t stop. 🚫
I looked on the app. Now a 5 minute ETA, again? He was still driving… in the wrong direction.
I messaged him what shop I was in front of.
He replied. In a way, I think? By canceling the ride.
Great. Now it’s 8:15, my meeting time, and I still don’t have a ride.
I called the office where I was heading to let them know I’d be late. No answer. Their lines didn’t open up until 8:30. 📴
I had a pre-business hours appointment.
In times like this I don’t get frustrated. What good would it do? 😡
The only reasonable option is to find a solution.
Literally, what benefit is there to any other option other than finding a solution?
Grabbed the next Uber, got there just 10 minutes late.
Knocked out a few quick tasks while I didn’t have to be the driver. Bonus 🎉
They were late, too, and didn’t even notice.
Started “right on time,” calm and collected, because I didn’t get stressed. Killed it.
Blame the flat tire.
Blame the missed ride.
No one but you cares what your excuses are.
So don’t make them and instead make success happen. 👊🏻😉