I've had a few conversations with friends and acquaintances that have recently returned from Cuba. When asked about their experiences, I noticed everyone mentioned being on time and showing up. Usually after an anecdote of when they showed up late and were met with insulted Cubans. The interesting part of it all was that they never seemed too bothered by it. They were more often than not amused or shocked at the response they received after their late/no-show.
The Text Said 4:30…
When did we get so bad at showing up when we are supposed to show up, and not feeling any remorse for it? I’ve noticed this all around me--this includes myself. When the agreed time is 4:30 for a party or dinner, event, etc,. why do we (collectively) think it’s okay to show up 15/20/30 minutes late, then blame it on traffic or unforeseen circumstances every time. I get that things happen, but if we plan to arrive at a certain time or show-up why don’t we plan ahead of time to be early instead of right on time or late?
Fearlessly Admit Your Mistakes
A few months ago, I had a friend mention to me that I am a repeat offender in this space. While I usually do it because I know other people are going to be late and I don’t like waiting I realized that reasoning doesn’t make it okay. I apologized and promised to make a concentrated effort to stop. If we each start showing up & end on time, it may force the other person to show up on time too because they respect you and your time. So, if you are like me and have been guilty of making people wait more than a few times for you or lying and saying you are on your way when you haven’t even showered--admit that you were wrong and try to get better.
Think of it this way, practicing this now will only help when you’re running meetings later.
Three women going through life.