If There's No Urgency...

One of my favorite parts of my new book, Getting to It, is the section on establishing a sense of urgency to be more focused on your most important things. If you want to read an impassioned plea, a manifesto no less, on the subject, 800ceoread has posted a fantastic piece.

The fact is, if you don't have a sense of urgency to change behavior, you'll continue to settle for the status quo. The pain, inconvenience, and sacrifice of doing something different is simply too overwhelming. If you are lacking a strong, "get out of bed" reason to change your attitudes or behaviors, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are you losing by not changing?
  • What conditions or circumstances are in place right now that won't be in the future?
  • How are others being hurt by your unwillingness to change?
  • Think about your biggest dreams. How is your unwillingness to change reducing your ability to realize those dreams?
  • Can you put a monetary value on what you are losing by not changing? If so, what would you do with that extra money?

If there's no urgency... there's just no motivation to change. And that's dangerous in today's ever-changing world.