A Sense Of Urgency

(This is kind of long but please take the time to read it as
it is awesome!…..Larry)

If you could add one personality trait to improve yourself,
what would you choose? Courage? Wisdom? Enthusiasm?
Confidence? We could go on and on and still probably miss
the one you might choose.

I heard a speaker say it was important to be inspired but
still more important to have the desire, the will to want
to. I most heartily agree with him.

I also like Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s six-point success
formula: 1. work, 2. work, 3. work, 4. forget self, 5. set
goals, and 6. get along with others. We’ve all heard many,
many formulas and they all will work if we will.

Most are ready to accept these success formulas but for some
reason never get them into high gear. You’ve noticed many
who have great potential and every reason to be tremendously
successful, but nothing seems to happen.

What is it that chains so many of us to the pit of
mediocrity? What is it that dampens the fires of greatness
that are lit so many times in our hearts?

Perhaps my findings are not the only solution, but with all
my heart I believe the fires of greatness in our hearts can
be kept aglow only after we develop a sense of urgency and
importance of what we are doing.

I mean a sense of urgency to the extent that we feel it is a
matter of life and death; and it is a matter of life and
death, for in growing we are alive and in quitting we are
dying in a sense.

If you don’t believe this, talk to anyone who has lost the
sense of urgency of getting things done and has been
drifting in complacency, mediocrity and failure. If you are
without a sense of urgency in your work, you know what I
mean.

A sense of urgency is that feeling that lets you know
yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow never comes. Today is in
your hands. It lets you know that shirking today’s task will
add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today’s work will
add to tomorrow’s burden.

The sense of urgency causes you to accomplish what today
sets before you. Thank God for the sense of urgency that can
change a dull shabby job into a sparkling career. While this
may not be the complete solution, I think we can all agree
this will be a tremendous step in the right direction. Right
now, ask God to give you a sense of urgency in your work.
Believe that He did, and then act accordingly.

To help our sense of urgency help us, let’s look at seven
“tremendous” laws of leadership and follow that up with an
examination of two important qualities — discipline and
loyalty.

1. Learning to Put Excitement In Your Work: Why is it that
some people work and work, and never have anything to show
for it? And others do less and accomplish more? The secret
is learning to put excitement in your work.

If I ‘m not learning to get excited about what I don’t like,
I’ll never get much to be excited about that I do like.
Everybody looks for “the right job.” Sometimes, you’ll hear
“I’m looking for a job that fits me.” I say, “I hope you get
something better than that.” We need to be learning that no
job can make you, but anyone that can put excitement into
their work can make a job.

2. Use or Lose: There’s a law that says we all have certain
attributes, characteristics, and talents. If you use what
you have, you’ll get more; but if you don’t use it, you’ll
lose it.”

One night, as I was coming out of a seminar, a person asked
do you think it’s possible to be excited about their
business, be thrilled and successful, and then, three years
later, be sick and sorry they ever heard of the whole
business? Here’s a perfect example of one who doesn’t know
the law of Use or Lose.

Once he was in his glory, using all the talents he had. As a
result, he was successful. But one morning, because he
wasn’t using what he had, he began losing it. And one
morning he woke up and asked, “What went wrong? Who let me
down?”

The answer is that nobody let him down. Nothing went wrong.
Because he wasn’t using what he had, he was losing it. And
the people who lose it always blame somebody else. Remember
nobody is ever a failure until they blame someone else.

3. Give to Get: Leadership is learning to give whether or
not you get anything in return. If you ever give to get
something, you’re not giving; you’re trading. And there’s a
big difference between giving and trading.

If a person gives whether or not they get anything in
return, then they are learning to give. If you give whether
or not you get anything, you get a greater capacity to give
more, whether or not you get anything in return.

And out of this begins to develop a reservoir of reserve and
readiness that becomes a tremendous asset. You can lose your
reputation, you can lose your home, you can even lose your
family, but you can’t lose your capacity to give once you’ve
begun to live this law.

4. Production to Perfection: Someone will say, “I’m a
perfectionist. I believe in doing everything perfectly, and
if I can’t do it perfectly, I won’t do it.” That’s the
person who never does anything.

There’s a law that says if you’re not learning to make
something happen today you’ll never know more than your own
whimsical, shallow dreams. Production will teach you a
little about perfection, but perfection will never be more
than your own fantasy.

5. Exposure to Experience: In the beginning of life, God
gives everybody an imaginary key ring. Every time a person
exposes himself or herself to another situation they get
another key of experience for their key ring. Soon, the key
ring begins to fill with thousands and millions of keys of
experience.

As a person gets exposure and experience, they get to use
the same keys over and over again. The law of exposure to
experience gets better with the years. Finally, a person
gets to know which keys unlock which doors, while the
inexperienced don’t know if they have a key. All they can do
is fumble around and hope to add another key of experience
to their key ring.

6. Flexible Planning: This is the age of the planner.
Everybody’s planning, planning, planning. Don’t ever tell
anyone that planning will do it. I believe you have to have
a plan to exist, but the real law is not Planning; it’s
Flexible Planning.

Flexible planning says, “Plan on it going wrong.” You say
what if it goes right? We will just have to work it in.
Growing is learning that nothing ever goes wrong except to
make you more right.

7. Motivated to Motivating: Which would you rather be: a
miserable motivator or a happy motivated flop? I would
rather be a happy, motivated flop, because if I can be
motivated long enough, I’ll get to be motivating, and if I
can be motivated long enough, I’ll eventually become a
motivator.

And I’ll get to enjoy what I get. That’s not the case with
the person who has learned to motivate everybody but
themselves. Our problem isn’t motivating them, but keeping
them from de-motivating me. The motivation will flow when
you are totally committed and involved.

Discipline & Loyalty: We live in a world where these two
great words — discipline and loyalty are becoming
meaningless. Does this mean that they are worthless? On the
contrary, they are becoming priceless qualities because they
are so hard to develop in the first place.

And should you be one of the fortunate few who by God’s
grace have caught the vision, your battle has just begun
because the greatest battle is to keep what you’ve learned
through these two priceless qualities.

Discipline is that great quality that few people use that
enables them to be constructively busy all the time. Even in
discouragement and defeat, discipline will rescue you and
usher you to a new place to keep constructively busy while
you forget about doubt, worry and self-pity.

Oh, that more men and women in this day would realize the
absolute necessity of discipline and the degree of growth
and happiness to be attained from it.

Most people think that loyalty is to a thing or to a person
when actually it is really to one’s own self. Some think
that it is to a goal or an objective, but again it is to
one’s own convictions.

If loyalty has to be earned then it is deserved and is
hardly more than devoted emotion based on a temporary
feeling. No, loyalty is the character of a person who has
given himself to the task before him and he will always
realize that out of a loyal heart will spring all the other
virtues that make life one of depth and growth.

Written by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones