Paddle Your Own Canoe
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Excuses are a cop out. Most of them have some degree of validity. So what? It doesn’t change anything. When things don’t go exactly as you expect them to go, whether it’s your fault or someone else’s fault, get over it. Then figure out what you need to do to make it right. Learn from it and then do what you must do to achieve the results that you want. Don’t dwell on it or beat yourself up. Just do better next time.
Several years ago a group of exchange students from Ireland was working in Florida during their summer vacation. A major hurricane was threatening New Orleans. Despite the fact that people were being advised to evacuate the area, these morons decided they wanted to experience the hurricane first hand. After spending several days sequestered in the Superdome with thousands of the real victims of hurricane Katrina, they were evacuated by the National Guard. Afterwards they had the gall to complain about their treatment in New Orleans! Unbelievable. Not only did they put themselves in harm’s way, they added to the problems of the rescue workers.
Those clowns are an extreme example of people not taking responsibility for their own actions. It also seems that the experience didn’t teach them to paddle their own canoe. They didn’t even learn anything from their stupidity.
Nobody is perfect. The only people who don’t screw up are the ones who don’t ever do anything. Every time you stick your neck out, you run the risk of getting it chopped off. Heck, every time you cross the street you run the risk of getting hit by a truck. Does that mean that you stay at home all the time? Of course not. Just look both ways before you cross the street.
Don’t make excuses and don’t accept excuses. Stuff happens. It’s either our fault or it’s because of something beyond our control. While the original Murphy’s Law, “If something can go wrong, it will” is not always accurate, it’s usually wise to prepare for it.
If you want to get in better shape and can’t, don’t say it’s because you don’t have time to exercise.
If you want to lose weight, don’t blame it on your metabolism. Stop eating all the junk that’s put on your plate.
If you want to sell more, start by making more calls, and making more effective calls. Stop blaming your product or your company or the competition.
If your salespeople aren’t making the numbers, stop accepting their excuses and start holding them accountable for their activities and their behaviors.
If you want to succeed in whatever you do, take responsibility for your own actions. Have a contingency plan in case something goes wrong. You don’t have to do it all alone. Get help and advice whenever you can, but at the end of the day, hop in your canoe and paddle like a son of a gun.
Oliver Connolly coaches and mentors sales managers and sales professionals. To learn more please go to http://www.clevelstrategic.com