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.

Or not.

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.
  • 3 minutes.
  • 1 minute.

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.
  • Blame luck.
  • Blame Monday.

Or don’t.

No one but you cares what your excuses are.  So don’t make them and instead make success happen.

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