Finger pointing — we all do it. It’s easy to do and often seems justified, but even so, what’s gained? Regardless of how “real” the blame — blaming will not improve the results; it could make things worse. Without training for improvement, how does attaching blame help? If someone dropped the ball, didn’t follow through, or did a poor job — pointing a finger will not make it better (OK — you might feel a little better, but how does it help?). Do you allow excuses to side-rail you? So, what’s holding you back? Could it be you?
Complaining about problems and mistakes to others, without looking for solutions, is toxic gossip and makes you a vicious person. Do you want to improve, complete the task, and make it better?
Stop Griping And Start Helping
- How can you get it done?
- What can be improved?
- How may it be avoided next time?
- What needs to be changed?
- Who else could help?
Think about it — any excuse becomes a reason not to perform. Do you want to perform at the highest level, or under-perform due to excuses?
An Exercise For Improvement
Let’s play a fantasy game. Imagine you’re the commander of an army facing horrific conditions — what do you do?
- Most troops lack uniforms, shelter, or warm clothing, including shoes, and it’s bitterly cold.
- There’s little food or potable water.
- Over half the troops are sick with dysentery, flu, malnutrition, and worse.
- There is a severe shortage of ammunition.
- Nearly half the citizens of your country are against the war.
- The government is months behind paying your troops.
- You’re fighting a highly trained, larger, better-equipped force.
- Volunteers regularly abandon posts—sometimes—entire regiments.
History buffs know these are only a few obstacles General Washington faced during the Revolutionary War. I’d say they were substantial roadblocks, but as you know, he didn’t use them as excuses.
Quit finger pointing. Stop allowing excuses to affect your performance. Find a way to help.