Do you have a sense of urgency?
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Do you have a sense of urgency?

Do you have a sense of urgency? I do! I probably have triple the amount of a sense of urgency than most people. This doesn’t make me a better person, but I get frustrated when I and others don’t give their best effort.

My definition of a sense of urgency is a burning desire to accomplish something in a time-efficient and organized way. This doesn’t mean in a perfect way, but in an honest effort kind of way. In my personal and business pursuits, I find that many people don’t share my feelings. They don’t place as high a value on accomplishment and efficiency.

Have you ever called a doctor, lawyer, accountant, service person or any other type of business and felt that you weren’t being heard or treated with any importance? Maybe you voiced a complaint, and they acted as if you were crazy for wanting them to do what they were supposed to do! The truth is that many people are not truly committed to the service they provide.

These people expect you to accept mediocre service as a way of life. This is wrong! If more people stand up and insist on quality, those who fall short won’t stay in business very long. In this way, we can increase accountability, get better results, and reduce the frequency of mediocre service.

I think that having a sense of urgency is a key ingredient in maximizing your accomplishments. This strong desire is the fuel to get your motivational engine revved up, so that you can take the steps needed to do what you want.

Do you have a sense of urgency? Do you have a strong purpose? If not, now is the time to get one! When you look back at your successes in life, you’ll probably discover that you had a strong sense of urgency to accomplish something that was truly important to you. Without it, you can stagnate and fail to get the best out of yourself.

Being the highly sensitive person that I am, I need a sense of purpose and accomplishment to be happy. What about you? Does having a sense of urgency help you? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. K D

    No. Apparently I’m mediocre. I’m fine with that.

    1. Cliff Harwin

      You’re not mediocre. If you fine with who you are, you’re part of the extraordinary.

  2. Gresa

    Definitely. And I’m struggling so much in a sleepy world…

  3. Robine

    Definatelly, almost with every situation that requires action. Strange thing is that people, even my psychotherapeut keeps telling me over and over again that this is how the world is and that it will never change. That I will never change the way someone is doing their job. But I don’t believe it. If no one ever gets them to notice this, how will it ever change. I do believe people can change their perspective or view….. but if I don’t even try, nothing’s ever going to change. I find it hard to just accept it because the feeling of urgency is huge inside me. I still doubt myself though, because of what other people tell me. It’s just bureaucratics, it’s just how life is, other people don’t care about their or others feelings, that’s just how they are able to do their jobs….. I wouldn’t do my job like that…. I wouldn’t be able to, to not or almost not care.

    Anyway, I still have no idea how to deal with it or what’s the right way for me to deal with all of this. Just accept it or keep fighting for change?

    1. Cliff Harwin

      I’ve come to the realization that you can’t change others. I can however change how I react to others!

      1. Robine

        So then the conclusion would be that the sense of urge has no purpose?

        And in what way do you react to others regarding this topic? As you mentioned you’ve changed the way you react. And I mean other than to become “mediocre” and/or “stale” as you call it above.

        1. Cliff Harwin

          A sense urgency does have a purpose. I choose to use my sense of urgency for things that are truly important to me. We all have choices to decide where we want to place our energies. I know that I don’t have an unlimited energy supply, so I’m selective where I place it. It’s human nature to have a strong purpose or challenge to keep ourselves from becoming stagnant.

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