Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 153 – Relentlessly Avoiding Excuses

My wife got flowers and a beer just because. 


Gatorade Rain no excuses

Seth Godin has an insightful post on making excuses this morning. He proposes the “radical” notion that before we even start a project we start lining up our excuses as to why it will fail.

I whole-heartedly agree with this. And I think it applies to giving your time as well. Here’s an example.

Right now, Toastmasters clubs around the world are looking for members to step forward to be board members. But most members don’t come forth. Why?

Because the minute that an open position is mentioned, the excuses start forming – no time, don’t understand it, aren’t committed enough yet, etc. Those excuses are all it takes to prevent a member from taking advantage of an opportunity to grow and give back.

Seth asks,

” What happens if you relentlessly avoid looking for excuses at all?”

I ask,

What happens if you relentlessly avoid looking for excuses not to volunteer your time?

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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One Response to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 153 – Relentlessly Avoiding Excuses

  1. Very insightful. Excuses can definitely be paralysing, but in the end regret at not trying at all is far more damaging!

    Cat

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