We all know people who for whatever reason always have an excuse for everything; it’s the weather, the economy, the government, bad luck, the heat, the cold, the rain, the drought—I could go on and on and on.
They seem to live to invent new reasons as to why they can’t do something or why they haven’t achieved a goal. If they succeed at nothing else, they certainly succeed at being creative with their excuses.
Then there are those who never let anything stand in their way—they are bound and determined to accomplish what they set out to do no matter what. They are driven and have that burning desire deep inside.
The sad part is the energy required to make excuses is probably the same or less than it takes to accomplish their goals. They just spend it on the wrong things.
Are you making excuses or making a difference?
Don’t let yourself be drawn into the vortex of negativity around those people—and sadly they are everywhere today. And they will be right there a year from now making the same or similar excuses…while you’ve spent that time making a difference; a difference in your life and the lives of others.
Use your energy and your time wisely. Negative energy is a drain on you physically, mentally and emotionally while making a difference can provide you energy to burn—it raises you up—perhaps to levels even you didn’t know were possible.
So, are you making excuses or making a difference? The choice is yours.
Be mindful of those around you and how your attitude affects them. We all need time to “blow off steam” and to “vent”. Do so in a manner and location that doesn’t affect co-workers, peers or subordinates. At the same time, if you notice someone “dragging”, pick them up so to speak. A pat on the back or a kind word will go a long way.