So you’ve got a presentation to do first thing in the morning. You’ve been working your “Butt Off” on this project for a couple of weeks, getting all your ducks in order, crossing all your T’s, dotting all your I’s and then Wham! Your computer crashes, because your cat sat on the keyboard while you’re working.
Totally a freak accident, a cosmic disturbance of sorts, unexplainable beyond comprehension, totally not your fault, but guess what? Nobody cares, they’re only interested in you doing the damn thing.
I know, it sucks but it’s true
I once worked on a Consulting project for a client and what a World Class company. You could just see the congruency of their Values, Mission statement and Service all aligned. Go figure they made the Forbes list of one of the best companies to work for. True leadership at it’s finest.
One of the things that caught my attention in their Mission statement is “Own the Outcome”. I read it and thought, beautiful, how Empowering! And it’s true, we must own the outcome of our lives, we are totally responsible.
Now don’t get me wrong, stuff happens, I get it, not everything is our fault. In fact, there are seasons in life that can be so intense and adverse to the point that you think there is this massive conspiracy going on to sabotage you and take you down, been there, done that!
But we must find the courage to keep pressing and deliver amidst the obstacles in our way. That is the test of a true Supernova, Empress, No Excuses!
To some of you reading this, please don’t think I’m trying to be harsh here, I really do get it. And believe it or not, I’m a super, sensitive person with oodles of compassion, but we must be Real with ourselves in the sense that life happens but the show must go on, it’s just how it works.
I’ve often believed that children can teach us so much about follow through and doing what you’ve gotta’ do. For example, when your child has to go to karate class at 6pm on Thursdays, your child does not care that your boss blasted you at the office for doing a crappy, job on your presentation in front of your co workers I might add.
Your child, is determined to make that karate class so that he can hang out with his best friend, Billy and is expecting you to get him there on time, No Excuses!
Now I don’t have any children of my own yet, but I’m a proud auntie and I’ve observed my amazing brother follow through on his responsibilities as a father in utter, admiration. You see, my brother has taught me what commitment really is all about.
He really is exceptional and quite the consummate professional in his job, as a businessman, husband and a father to his children. Oh yes, my brother gets stuff done and makes No Excuses! And, makes his wife happy .
A man of valor, strength and humility. Oh yes, our dear father taught us well about honor, integrity and staying true to your values. I could just hear his voice ringing “Abby, you’re an Executive, Get it together, No Excuses!”
Thanks for your words of wisdom Daddy, you’re absolutely right (I’m totally a Daddy’s girl ). And I guess we can all take a lesson from this that we really do have the power to get stuff done. Especially when we’re “Uber” clear on our “Why” we become so fiercely, focused that the obstacles must step aside, oh yes, because the job must get done.
So join me, as we move into a brand New Year, in chanting “No Excuses” as a mantra in honor of staying true to our Dreams, Values and Commitments.
Cheers to getting the Job done!