Welcome to a site dedicated to solutions-based practices and the fact that “Excuses Don’t Change Results.”
What’s an EXCUSE, really? Think about it. What are people really saying when they make an excuse?
- “I didn’t have time” really means “I didn’t make time… it wasn’t important enough to me to prioritize ahead of other projects.”
- “I don’t have the right team” really means “I haven’t developed my team to the point that I need them to be in terms of production, efficiency, etc.”
- “I didn’t have the sales leads, calls, or opportunities to succeed” really means “I didn’t make the most of the opportunities and resources available to me, or go out and CREATE my own opportunities.”
The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. The end result of our efforts (or lack thereof) is not altered by excuses, no matter how we sugarcoat them.
So, every time you find yourself getting defensive and starting to offer up an excuse, or are on the receiving end of some excuse, stop for a moment, evaluate what the excuse really means, and what that says about the person offering up the excuse.