Whenever you find yourself trying to wiggle out of a commitment, remember the story of Rudolph.
It would have been easy for Santa to stay home at the North Pole when the big blizzard hit on Christmas Eve. Picture him: feet up, boots off, sitting by the fireplace sipping eggnog.
But he had an appointment to keep. People were depending on him.
Santa recognized the solution to his dilemma when Rudolph’s nose lit up. Rudolph could help guide his sleigh through the blizzard.
Santa made Christmas happen despite the bad weather.
How Can You Say Yes?
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself wanting to work on a Saturday afternoon rather than driving a few hours roundtrip to an artist open studio.
I was thinking of all of the excuses I could make in order to stay home: I don’t feel well (lie), I have too much work to do (as if it’s ever done), my husband is sick (true, but he didn’t need me) . . .
How could I back out? These were two artists who have supported me in so many ways. I knew I’d hate myself for missing the event I had committed to.
I was getting ill just imagining myself having to verbalize any one of these excuses. After all, I wrote a book about making no excuses.
Then a voice in my head (thank heavens for these blessings) shook me back to reality.
“Instead of making excuses as to why you can’t go, why don’t you figure out how you can go?”
The answer: Audio files!
I had a backlog of interviews and podcasts I had downloaded and needed to listen to. I could attend the open house and feel like I was getting work done.
I synced my iPod, caught up with my listening in the car, and had a wonderful time at the open studio.
Santa would be proud.
Instead of making excuses, ask yourself: “How can I make this happen?”