EXCUSES NOT AN ANSWER
After landing his invasion forces on the shores of some country, the sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes would immediately burn his own boats. He was sending his army a message: "We can't turn back. Either we succeed here or we die here." Excuses were not an option.
Successful organizations have low alibi thresholds. They either do or they don't. Once you stop wasting energy fabricating excuses, you can start spending energy creating victories. The next time things aren't going your way and you're tempted to whine or finger-point, remember the words of the wise captain who said, "People don't care how rocky the ocean is, they just want you to bring the ship in." In other words, no one is interested in excuses, only results.