why do people give excuses before they even review the task ahead of them?  i can’t stand it.  this is the one thing in life that gets to my very core.  what is this natural human instinct to give an excuse?  i don’t understand it.  here is the task, please go do it.  but, we have to do this and this and this to achieve this task –and there is no way we can complete the task in the time alloted.  okay, and your point is?  do you just not want to do the task?  is that what is driving this train of thought?  why do you immediately go to the potential roadblocks?  why don’t you look at in a positive light –that the completion of this task might help your progress?  and then why do i get so upset with these type of answers?  i tend to lose my cool a bit in these scenarios.  i revert to my urge to say –“just do it!”  how do i overcome these urges to bark back at excuses?  this is a tricky road for me to travel as it could hinder my own advancement –by being very direct when I say –“stop the excuses and do the job” –some people can’t handle this approach and want to stick to the excuses –it is their nature and it is then up to the boss to learn how to manage these individuals in a different way–in a way that is not natural to the individual that just wants to get things done and not have to argue through each and every step of the process.  maybe i will just never meld with these types of folks –the ones that look at the negative of everything–that this is too hard and why are we doing this.  maybe these types of interactions will always occur and there is no way around them –I just need to learn how to approach them.  excuses and people with excuses will always exist.