Do you go about your business, or your life with a sense of urgency?
I’ve been reading a little of Brian Tracy in my recent travels, and have to agree with him that perhaps the most outwardly identifiable quality of a high performer is their orientation towards action.I find there is definite correlation between those who make commitments and follow through to their level of success…. where those who procrastinate and think too long, slow down their chance of success… what I call “the gunners”. Here are some steps to follow according to Brian that are your system for developing a higher sense of urgency into a habit.
1. Take Time to Think and Plan
Highly productive people take the time to think, plan and set priorities. They then launch quickly and strongly toward their goals and objectives. They work steadily, smoothly and continuously and seem to go through enormous amounts of work in the same time period that the average person spends socializing, wasting time and working on low value activities. When working with me I encourage you to take time regularly to plan, use a default diary and task lists to help you with this.
2. Get into “Flow”
Have you ever experienced the extra energy you gain when you get working on something with a sense of urgency and everything seems to flow? I’m sure you have. When you work on high value tasks at a high and continuous level of activity, you can actually enter into an amazing mental state called “flow.” Almost everyone has experienced this in their life and really successful people are those who get themselves into this state far more often than the average. You feel elated, your mind is clear and everything you do seems effortless and accurate. You experience a tremendous sense of calm and personal effectiveness.
3. Become More Alert and Aware
With the momentum of “flow” you actually function on a higher plane of clarity, creativity and competence. You will be more sensitive and aware with a raised level of intuition that functions with surprising precision. You see the interconnections of people and circumstances around you and often come up with brilliant ideas and insights that enable you to move ahead even more rapidly.
4. Develop a Sense of Urgency
Set yourself some goals or deadlines to trigger this state of flow by developing a “sense of urgency.” This is an inner drive and desire to get on with the job quickly and get it done fast, an impatience that motivates you to get going and to keep going. A sense of urgency feels very much like you are racing against yourself. It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.
5. Create a “Bias for Action”
With this built in sense of urgency, you develop what Brian calls a “bias for action.” You take action rather than talking continually about what you are “gunner” do. You focus on specific steps you can take immediately. By employing this technique you concentrate on the things you can do right now to get the results you want and achieve the goals you desire.
So…. if you don’t want to be a “gunner”… start NOW! Select one major task confronting you and launch into it immediately. Don’t hesitate. Move fast.
Then start doing this every morning, first thing, until it becomes a habit.