I LOVE my job! As a motivational speaker, I not only get to travel to some of the bigger, well known conference cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans and Washington DC, but I also get to see some of the smaller, less frequented cities that I would probably never be able to visit. And such was the case when I found myself on one of those small planes with about 30 seats, headed toward a smaller airport in Missouri.
I stowed my bag and nestled in my oh-so-tiny seat while the rest of the passengers filed in. I looked up just as a somewhat tall man and his young son walked in through the boarding door and started the walk down the very narrow aisle. Just as the dad stepped onto the plane and turned to walk down the aisle, he bumped his head on the ceiling of the plane, at which point he exclaimed, “ouch!” His son said to him, “Dad, why did you bump your head?” To which the man replied, “Because the ceiling’s too short.”
Huh? The ceiling’s too short? How about, “Because I didn’t bend down when I walked in.”
I wondered what message this was sending to his son. Wasn’t it basically that when something goes wrong, you should look around and find some thing – or some one out there to blame?
And here’s the really scary part. I believe that sometimes, with situations not quite so clear cut as this one, I might do exactly the same thing – look for someone to blame. I hope I don’t – but I’ll just bet there are times when I feel justified thinking, “Well, it wasn’t MY fault!!”
I’ll leave you with the words of the brilliant Stephen Covey: Anytime you think the problem is out there – that thought is the problem.
From your traveling motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, looking for lessons along the way