by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member
Don’t you just hate it when people make excuses for their failures? So do I.
But do you know what I hate even more? Finding myself making excuses for my failures! I have a policy that I try to live by: No excuses.
Do you ever catch yourself making excuses when things don’t entirely go your way?
Have you ever neglected taking responsibility for the events and circumstances of your life?
Have you ever tried to explain away why you didn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t or just wouldn’t do something?
These are ALL signs that you are living a life of excuses. And these excuses prevent you from living to your full potential.
Now… How much of your success would you say is up to you – your choices, your actions, your behaviors vs outside conditions?
To be successful, your mind-set needs to be at least 85% responsible for your success with 15% of that depending on which way the wind blows.
However, if you blame your problems and failures on other people, things that happen beyond your control, plain bad luck, or just continue to make excuses, you’re doomed to fail.
To get your mind-set right, let me share with you my thoughts on a “No Excuses” policy.
- People will respect you.
When you say that there are no excuses, that you blew it, and that you take full responsibility to make the situation right, people will be astounded (since very few people make no excuses) and they will come to a greater respect of you.
- You will find yourself taking greater responsibility.
When you know that your policy is to have no excuses, there will be less room for error because you will be doing everything that you can to make sure the job gets done!
- You will become the “go to” person.
When someone wants something done, they will turn to you because they know that they can count on you to perform. And they know they won’t get any excuses! This will improve your level of success, and that is exactly what you are aiming for, right?
Practice up: “You’re right. There is no excuse for that. I will fix it immediately.”
Benjamin Franklin once said: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
Harsh, I know, but we get so absorbed in making excuses about how things didn’t turn out the way we had expected, that we forget to focus on making the best of every situation.