[7GM320] 3 Ways to Use Your Sense of Urgency to Your Advantage

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Audio On Having a Sense of Urgency Contributed by Our Friend Isaiah Hankel

In today's audio, our friend Isaiah Hankel talks with us about how to use your sense of urgency to your own benefit.

Develop A Sense of Urgency

Perhaps the most outwardly identifiable quality of a high-performing man or woman is “action orientation.”

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.

Getting into “Flow” 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 at some time. Really successful people are those who get themselves into this state far more often than the average.

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In the state of “flow,” which is the highest human state of performance and productivity, something almost miraculous happens to your mind and emotions. You feel elated and clear. Everything you do seems effortless and accurate. You feel happy and energetic. You experience a tremendous sense of calm and personal effectiveness.

Become More Alert and aware in the state of “flow,” identified and talked about over the centuries, you actually function on a higher plane of clarity, creativity, and competence. You are more sensitive and aware. Your insight and intuition functions with incredible precision. You see the interconnectedness of people and circumstances around you. You often come up with brilliant ideas and insights that enable you to move ahead even more rapidly.

Develop a Sense of UrgencyOne of the ways you can trigger this state of flow is 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. This inner drive is an impatience that motivates you to get going and to keep going. A sense of urgency feels very much like racing against yourself.

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Create a “Bias for Action” With this ingrained sense of urgency, you develop a “bias for action.” You take action rather than talking continually about what you are going to 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.

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20 More Ways To Create A Sense Of Urgency

The list below provides 20 ideas that can be used to help create a sense of urgency.

1. Custom-build your own strategy for increasing a sense of urgency.

2. Secure stakeholder input and buy-in to the strategy.

3. Don't exhibit panic, stress or loss of control.

4. Make smart decisions with confidence and act on them quickly.

5. Identify obstacles and remove them fast.

6. Establish an outcome-focused culture (instead of task-focused).

7. Evangelize the importance of establishing a sense of urgency.

8. Clarify the consequences of inaction.

9. Identify what works & remove all that doesn't.

10. Identify causes of complacency and how to eradicate them.

11. Exhibit urgency in your body language. Don't shuffle around.

12. Encourage and offer help. Don't nag, bully or threaten.

13. Find reasons to celebrate small successes and communicate them far and wide.

14. Get personal with one-to-one praise. Put your emotional intelligence to work.

15. Agree on deadlines for action.

16. Keep meetings short, to the point, and agenda-driven.

17. Get to the point quickly and encourage others to do the same. Wipeout waffle.

18. Meet your personal deadlines, and expect the same of others.

19. Provide initial guidance and encouragement to get things going.

20. Get peoples' senses involved. Don't just talk and make them read reports.

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