Our culture in 2020 put’s near nonexistent value in being on time. It’s nauseating. Think about what that really means. Look at the phrase in itself. The subject of the phrase is “time.” Our most finite resource.
. An ever-fading thing we own, measured in minutes that is impossible to replace. Yet we’ve evolved to a point where we’re perfectly comfortable wasting another person’s most precious currency. And then laughing about it. “lOl, rUnNiNg lATe iS mY cARdIo.”
Truly think about it a little deeper. We all know at least one of the following types of people. Person A: the one who when they do show up on time, everybody is shocked. And person B: the one who if they are a minute late, you start to worry about their safety. Which one do you trust more? Who are you calling if you need urgent help? Who are you going into business with? Do you trust person A at all? I don’t.. I truly don’t believe you can trust a person with a single thing on earth if they don’t value being on time. Failure to take the proper steps to consistently be on time is an indication you can’t take care of yourself, let alone be trusted with anything of value to me.
Vince Lombardi coined the phrase “Lombardi time” when he told his team that being “on time” was considered late. If a team meeting was at 8:00, players were expected to be there at 7:50, so they were ready to go at 8:00. Walking through the door at the absolute last minute indicates you don’t truly care about what you’re showing up for. You’re doing just that; showing up.
Coaches, teachers, doctors, etc. are taught to read body language. Your arrival is the ultimate body language. It is part of your image and presentation. You’ve probably heard the idea before that how one presents themselves tells you what you need to know about a person and what they bring to the table. We are told to dress the part, make eye contact, smile, and shake hands. None of that would matter to me if you showed up late or unprepared.
Of course, overtime we are all bound to slip up at some point, but we are the sum of our actions, not the result of one individual incident. Be person B in the previous scenario. Trust me, it goes a long way.