Okay, I will admit it, I have spent the last few years making excuses. I am old, I wasn’t born with double-jointed thumbs and a cell phone in my hands, I am an epic failure, I am not worthy, he or she or they did or did not do something that made it hard for me to do my thing…you know the drill. I’ve just never quite done my best because someone did something.
I realized, through a conversation with a stranger, that excuses are the barrier to my pinnacle of success, wherever that is on my life map.
I listened to this stranger tell me all the reasons why they were not living THE life. She was an excuse maker on steroids. Do I think that was a coincidence that I was stuck listening to that? Absolutely not. Sometimes you need a parody to really see reality.
I now know that all that is holding me back is me wrapped in a bunch of excuses.
It is not because my competition (I don’t really have competition because I am the only me in the whole wide world but you know us humans) is younger, faster, stronger. It is not because I am in the wrong division or everyone else has more experience, better equipment, more coaching, more practice, more anything. I am not doing the best I can do because I am too busy looking at them doing the best they can do. I will repeat that. I am not doing the best I can do because I am too busy looking at them doing the best they can do!
All anyone has every asked is for me to do MY best. And the results stand on their own because I cannot control what others are doing. If I am the last one finished but I did my absolute best, than high five to me.
If I didn’t sleep well last night because the dog was barking, the neighbors were partying or my husband was snoring and I am tired, I will do the best work I can being tired. I am not going to let everyone in this country know that my work is not up to par because I am tired and the reason why. But, I will get to bed early tonight so I can do even better tomorrow.
If I am struggling to complete a work assignment because I just don’t have the technological background to make it easier, I am going work hard to build the knowledge foundation I need and then write the best paper ever on it. I am not going to write a shoddy one because I have every reason to because I should never have been given an assignment I wasn’t quite qualified to do.
If I haven’t lost a pound this week I am not going to list all the reason why I couldn’t eat healthy and exercise. I made the choices I did. I will live with the consequences and try again tomorrow. It is nobody’s fault. It is life. Stuff happens. Move on. Don’t bring it into your next minute, hour, day or week with a million and one excuses.
If I didn’t get the job maybe it wasn’t political. Maybe I need more experience or a different skill. Maybe I am just not ready yet. But, it comes down to I didn’t get the job and I need to figure out what I can do to be ready for the next opportunity. It is not time to discount it by thinking what THEY did to ME.
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