Yesterday, I had a webinar scheduled for Spark & Tinder monthly. 2 weeks ago, I scheduled the webinar for 5:30 Eastern and then promptly wrote down “5:30 S&T Webinar” in my calendar.
The only problem was that I left out “Eastern” and I live in the Mountain Time Zone (2 hours earlier). Fast forward 2 weeks and while I was working with a friend yesterday around 3:30, I received several “where are you?” emails.
I missed the webinar and wasn’t home or in a place where I could start it. The only thing left to do was apologize and reschedule. With a brief explanation, and a sincere apology for wasting people’s time, we all moved on.
This reminded me of all the times I haven’t gotten to the “I’m sorry”, or what I really wanted to say, because I was too worried about the explanation, or how people would react. I’ve been on both sides of the story behind the story too. You know, the explanation that goes on so long that we never end up saying what we wanted to say in the first place, and even when we do, our blabbing has completely diluted the message.
Procrastinating hurts too. Saying it later usually means saying it never. How many things haven’t you said because you waited too long? Like the time a friend was sick and you meant to offer help but didn’t, or when someone did something amazing and you were too jealous to say, “Way to go!”
Remove all of the obstacles and sincerely say what you want to say.
- I’m sorry.
- You inspire me.
- I love you.
- No thank you.
- That meant so much to me.
- How can I help?
- Please help me.
Edit out the procrastination, the guilt, the worry, and the judgement and say what you want to say. If you think it’s too late, apologize for taking so long and say it now.
Simply speak from your heart. That’s where truth and real meaning lies. Instead of waiting to say the right thing, or the best thing, or the thing you think they want to hear, say what you want to say.
P.S. A new session of Spark & Tinder monthly begins next week and registration is open through June 29th. I can’t promise perfection, but if you want to start or grow your microbusiness and/or blog, I can help. Learn more here.