I had an onsite meeting with a client the other day at their offices in Long Island. I am very much a proponent of in person dialogue when it comes to problem solving. I enjoy the trip to Long Island and take the ferry out of New London, CT when we go. The ferry ride is relaxing and the drive from Orient Point, NY to their offices is beautiful.
Here’s the problem. I’m always late. Sometimes late(r) than others; but this time I missed the New London ferry by four minutes.
I look at my CTO who is with me and I say:
“No problem; we will just grab the ferry in Bridgeport, CT”.
When I miss the Bridgeport Ferry by (you guessed it) four minutes, I still keep my cool (although it’s getting to be a struggle):
“No problem, we will just drive straight through to Long Island”.
When you are habitually late, one coping mechanism is to find ways to tell yourself that it’s going to be fine. That day I made myself feel better because I had just got a new car and was looking forward to testing it out on the open road.