As a survivor of credit and financial hell, on the road to recovery you will find there is a sense of urgency you can’t help but to develop. Maybe some of you reading this post can directly relate to that statement. Once you have reached the point of, it is what it is, but will become what you make of it, and you have awakened from the malaise you were in, that sense of urgency should be there waiting for you with open arms.
Every day you don’t take action with a sense of urgency to right your financial ship, is a day you continue in decline! And I’m not just talking about one or two things here; I’m talking about an “across-the-board” sense of urgency in everything you do – both personal and business! For some of you, this may be easier to do than others. Lucky for me, I’m a Type A personality and a sense of urgency is part of my DNA make up.
Positive Steps to Increasing a True Sense of Urgency
So that we’re clear, urgency is not just excess energy, anger, or frustration manifesting itself in what you are trying to accomplish. For sure, those things are a part of it, but what you really need to learn is to behave with urgency every day. As much as you can, you need to demonstrate your own sense of urgency in your daily interactions to as many people as possible and with your everyday tasks.
I mean, if your tone or actions lack urgency, then that’s what others will feel. But you and I, we’re on the road to financial recovery and that means we are out to accomplish our tasks and goals that will lead us to success with the maximum amount of efficiency – in the shortest amount of time, right?
Move and Win Now
Look, this is about you! You have to develop a habit and determination to move and win now. We are not in take prisoner’s mode. We are aiming straight for the heart, not just the mind. You need to compel yourself to action in order to feel empowered to buy into your own sense of urgency. This is what I am doing, and have committed to do, in my every day tasks. You should too!
If you look close enough and you have taken the first step I outlined in my post “3 Steps You Must Take To Recover From Credit and Financial Hell” which is to change your mindset, you will see that there is actually opportunity in crisis! In fact, having gone through credit and financial hell, you should have learned to think of any crises as a potential opportunity to better yourself and improve your situation!
Do They Share Your Sense of Urgency?
This is an important question to ask yourself, you see: not everyone will share in your sense of urgency. There are many people who for one reason or another, could give “two shits” about your sense of urgency and here’s what you should do if you run into that person; run the other way! You have to remove or neutralize all the relentless urgency-killers in your life; people who by their actions or lack thereof, keep you complacent or worse yet, create destructive urgency!
In a recent blog post titled “10 Things Winners Do Differently” from the Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog, number 5 on that list spoke directly to my point:
#5 Keep good company. – It’s not always where you are in life, but who you have by your side that matters most. Some people drain you and others provide soul food. Be sure to get in the company of those who feed your spirit, and give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence.
And by ‘give the gift of your absence’ they mean – run the other way! If there’s one thing you are in control of, it’s who you choose to associate with! Do it wisely.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Another blogger I follow is Craig Ballantyne from the Early To Rise blog. In a recent post titled “Break Out of This Today” he wrote about being in the comfort zone, “Unless we get out of our comfort zone, the reality is that we won’t make breakthroughs in our lives, our businesses, our relationships, or our health. You simply can’t coast through life if you want to get better. However, getting out of the old comfort zone is something everyone deals with and struggles to overcome. When you have bad days, you’ll be tempted to return to your comfort zone habits, but it’s also the time when you need to fight against that the most.”
Keeping bad company and associating with people whom, for one reason or another don’t share your sense of urgency to succeed, will chase you right back into your comfort zone! That means if you’re looking for a new job, partner, or company to associate with, interview them too! That’s right; make sure they fit into your current mindset and they are fully aware of your sense of urgency and commitment to succeed! If they say, like was recently said to me, “I realize your urgency but we are not staffed to do things at the drop of a pencil”, run as fast and as far as you can from them. They will not help you get to where you want to go so why waste your time; make sense?
Wake Up Each Day With A Sense Of Urgency
Let me close this blog post out with item number 10 of the Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog post titled “10 Things Winners Do Differently” :
#10 Keep going. – No matter what you do, no matter how many times you screw up and think to yourself that there’s no point to carry on, and no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going. Pick yourself back up. Don’t quit. Don’t quit, because a few months from now you will be so much closer to your goal than you are now. Focus on the road ahead.
So my challenge to each of you is that you wake up each and every day with a sense of urgency, both with your career and in your personal life, and remember these points moving forward;
- The magic happens outside your comfort zone!
- Look inward, not outward.
- Success requires change, so embrace it!
- Bullet proof your mindset
- And, go to work on you!
Do you have a sense of urgency? If yes; is it helping you reach your goals? If no, why not, and do you think by adding a sense of urgency to your daily tasks, it could help you “win the day” and achieve your goals quicker?