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Recommended reading: A Sense of Urgency, by John Kotter.
Discovering points of application for a man’s life.
Urgency is about change. Urgency describes a compelling vision of something very different for the future.
The opposite of urgent is, well, non-urgent. Optional. Status quo. Indifference. Complacency. Complacency is the enemy of the Urgent.
Complacency inevitably loses forward momentum. Unrestrained, complacency loses the race. Sometimes catastrophically.
“True urgency focuses on critical issues,” Kotter writes. Not the trivial. (6)
- “True urgency is driven by a deep determination to win, not anxiety about losing.” (6)
- “… urgency means ‘of pressing importance.’ … [what] is needed now, not eventually… (7)
- “Critically important means challenges that are central to success or survival, winning or losing.” (7)
- “Urgent behavior is … driven by the belief that … the world contains great opportunities and great hazards…. by a gut-level determination to move, and win, now.” (8)
Urgency is on the lookout for opportunities. Urgency creates opportunities. Urgency acts on the opportunities. Urgency hustles. Urgency asks, “What would be possible if …?” Urgency is also vigilant in identifying hazardous threats, and meets the challenge head-on. Urgency clearly understands what could be lost if complacency wins.
Kotter writes for the business world, but his insights are applicable at a personal level as well.
Urgency is about a creating a vision of a very different, compellingly positive future for yourself, your family, your world.
A SWOT analysis is one step in designing an urgently intentional life.
- Strengths: What am I good at? What are the strengths that I bring to the world? What are my areas of expertise? What is my unfair advantage? Who are the consistently reliable positive influencers in my life?
- Weaknesses: What are my vulnerabilities? What aspects of my life or personality have gotten me into trouble? Who are the negative influencers I’m likely to listen to? How am I allowing them to influence me?
- Opportunities: What is? What could be? What would make it better? How can I play on a bigger stage or level? How can I make the most of my unfair advantage?
Threats: What dangers do I face if I do not take advantage of my strengths or opportunities? What cost will I pay if I allow personal weaknesses to go unaddressed?
What does urgency look like to you? How does it feel? What are some actionable ways you can build a sense of urgency into your daily routine? What will be the first thing you notice when you’re taking advantage of urgent opportunities?
I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Call or email.
Until then, Press on, men. Press on.