Take absolute responsibility for your life. Take ownership for everything that is happening to you or for you. We would like to believe that some things are out of our control. We would like to believe life sometimes deals us a bad hand. Certain situations are not our fault. So, we place the blame elsewhere before we blame ourselves. It’s difficult to own up to our shortcomings and mistakes, yet it is easy to praise our victories. Maybe in the past, this was fine to be this way. Maybe it didn’t make that much of a difference in the spectrum of things. Perhaps we have been avoiding the obvious elephant in the room. We neglect the fact that much of what we go through is completely our fault. Now I know, you are not used to hearing that. You may be used to people who tell you what you want to hear. I’m not here for that.
I’m here to tell you the truth. I’m here to tell you about the one lesson I learned in 2018 that will drastically change your 2019. Before I do this, I need you to say these words. “I am in control of my life.” Say it a second time, a third time, and even a fourth time. Say it as much as you need to say it. I need you to embrace being in control this year. Last year I realized that currently, we suffer from a lack of urgency. Think about it for a second. How many times in the last week have you put something off? Once? Twice? Is it too many times to count? Now I don’t want you to think my hands are clean, because I am guilty of this as well. I have done it one too many times, and time and time again; I end up doing myself a big disservice.
There is something different about the man or woman that moves with a sense of urgency. These are the people who move with a sense of purpose. I noticed a common correlation with people who have a sense of urgency. Each one of them made it a priority to distinguish their “why.” They move with urgency because they already know what they are going after and why they are going after it. They know all they must do is execute. If they do this, they can’t lose. The problem with people who move in a more nonchalant way is they live a life of luxury. They have become accustomed to doing the norm and having things fall in their favor. They may have been sheltered, or they may just be oblivious to the world around them.
The first time I had to move with a sense of urgency was a wake-up call. I had my back against the wall and it was time to either put up or shut up. My body went into fight or flight mode and mentally I was in the zone. Ever since then, I welcome adversity with open eyes because I know it won’t break me. I know adversity will help me to move with a sense of purpose and urgency. One of our biggest downfalls is that we think we have so much time. We think tomorrow is the day we will change our diet, go to the gym, or take care of that task we have been putting off. You are not successful because you don’t practice urgency. How much closer to your goals would you be if you moved with a sense of urgency? While you are telling yourself you have time, your goals are telling you that you don’t deserve them. While you are being average, someone else is going the extra mile and moving with passion fueled urgency. Time waits for no man, don’t be foolish. This year the time for excuses is over. This is the year of discipline and the year of urgency. Be intentional. Be urgent. You do these things and I guarantee this year will be unlike any year, that you have ever experienced before.
Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer