“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
~ Florence Nightingale
Accountability and expectations; two things that go hand in hand. Two concepts that contribute directly to the level of success a person achieves, as well as those around them. Today’s inspirational quote refers to both.
When I think about the successes I’ve had in my life, both personal and professional, I can honestly attribute that to my No Excuses attitude. I apply this mindset to not only myself, but those who are in my life as well. It’s a hard line to toe, but it provides a catalyst for people to step up and take charge of their lives, even if we slip up every now and then.
For example, like my post today, I talk about how I don’t meditate three times a week, as prescribed by my doctor. I don’t make excuses for that. It’s simple. I am being a lazy ass, not to mention, stubborn. No excuse. I don’t do it. Even though I know I should. Even though I have plenty of time to get it done. Meditation is not a priority for me at this juncture of my life.
Still, I should set the expectation high for myself. Make it a demand I thrust upon myself. Commit to meditating as required. Rise above my petty laziness and stubbornness. I should just do it. I should care enough about myself to meet that expectation.
In honor of the words I’ve posted to this reflection, here is my commitment.
Starting tonight, I will meditate every other day. I will take accountability for my health. No excuses. I will do it.