What's your excuse?

I attempted a run this morning - first in two weeks as I've had a cold. (Excuse #1)

The weather is mild; perfect for an early run, even my running clothes were at then end of my bed - but I just had to check my social media, emails etc. (Excuse #2)

So, I eventually got out at 6am, ran about a km and it started to rain! (Excuse #3) 

Thinking I'd keep close to home I then realised I had to get the household out earlier than usual - and home I went. (Excuse #4)

 

How many excuses do you have in a day? I hesitate to guess. Whether it's to avoid giving someone feedback to a colleague, making that call to sell your great idea to a stranger or even saying "No" to that coffee - we all make excuses to avoid the feeling of anxiety or loss and the affect on our ego!

 

Resilience, courage and discipline all come to mind when I consider the development of a character required to avoid these excuses. 

Be up front with yourself - build your list of tasks/goals/challenges and all the excuses to avoid tackling these. Then, remind yourself why you need to complete these tasks/goals/challenges, how you're going to achieve these and how you might reward yourself!

No excuses this week! 

Are you IN IT or ON IT?

Do you watch people?

I do!

I observe their faces and their body language. It speaks to me! Sometimes, I feel that I can read those troubled ‘thought bubbles’ above their heads! Yeah, their body gives plenty of clues however their facial expressions tell the story.

As a facilitator, I analyse every person in the group enabling me to collaborate – linking people to the discussion, the intent, the goal, shifting troubled thoughts and helping maintain the focus – regularly I burst those thought bubbles!

I take this skill to the streets; observing people move & breathe (often the passive cigarette smoke) and I see people relax: between meetings, off to the office, out to lunch -it’s great to see people laughing and moving.  

Too often, people skip lunch, chose to Skype, sit too long, and don’t get out of their offices /‘work space’ and not before long, sink ‘in it’ rather than move ‘on it’.

The ‘in it’ face is often expressionless or tired looking. Whereas, the ‘on it’ face speaks life.

Leadership is about making people feel important, enough to support their attempt of the impossible. So, if you value your people, help them get ‘on it’, create a workspace which encourages movement, interaction & focus ‘on it’. You are responsible for your people – get ‘on it’!