I came home from work last night to find it much darker than usual due to the change away from Daylight Savings Time.  “It’s too dark to walk the dogs,” I thought to myself.  “My route involves a fair bit of walking in the street and there aren’t street lights throughout the whole path.  It would be dangerous.”

And then I remembered the Dear Amy column that I just read.  It was a response to a previous reader who had lamented that they didn’t have time to train properly.  The reader wrote:

I had a friend, a single, working mom who couldn’t leave the house after her kid’s bedtime, so she trained to climb Mt. Rainier by wearing a loaded backpack climbing up and down the stairs in her home for hours every night.  How badly does Unhappy want that ultra-marathon?  Signed — Owner of My Life

Well, what could I do after that?

Of course, I changed my route, put on blinking tags for the dogs, and off we went.  

The next time you’re tempted to be a slacker or create reasons why you can’t do something, think of that mom with her backpack.  I’ll bet the task ahead of you is far less daunting than climbing a real, honest to goodness mountain.  Will you be the owner of your life or the master of excuses?  

— beth triplett

Dear Amy in the Telegraph Herald, October 31, 2015

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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