“A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.”
John P. Kotter
It always amazes me how many points can be scored in a football game during the last two minutes. When the pressure is on, and time is of the essence, great teams step up and score points. The 2-minute drill highlights what a team is capable of when acting with urgency and removing any and all complacency from their behaviors.
I have long believed that a sense of complacency is the most dangerous thing that a person or a team can ever develop. The dictionary definition of complacency is, “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”
Complacency scares me to death…
Operating with a sense of urgency is a natural guard against complacency. Living with a sense of urgency shows up in the little things in life. Watch people and you can tell those that bring a sense of urgency to all aspects of their lives. You can see it in how they walk, how they respond to questions, what decisions they make, etc.
Urgency isn’t fear. Urgency is moving and acting with intense purpose and drive because that’s how you choose to live.