Urgency, a force we feel, but cannot see, surrounds us at home, at work and at play. Like a trusted friend, Urgency calls us to action. When we respond, our friend becomes our partner as evidenced in the phrase, “act with Urgency.”
Urgency’s nickname is ASAP. Unfortunately, not everyone likes ASAP. So, they taunt Urgency with their own nickname, WIGART, which is short for “When I get a round tuit.” I guess they confuse Urgency with their fair-weather friend, Procrastination. The truth is, we would all be more productive if we spent more time hanging with ASAP, our true friend, and stopped seeing WIGART altogether.
“You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like.
But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing is the wrong thing
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.“
– Theodore Roosevelt
“There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.”
– John F. Kennedy
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
– Robert Schuller
“A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last.
Both do the same thing; only at different times.”
– Baltasar Gracian
“He who hesitates is poor.”
– Mel Brooks
“You are younger today than you will ever be again.
Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.”
– Norman Cousins
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
– Henry Ford
“The day will happen whether or not you get up.”
– John Ciardi
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb
Think of urgency this way. If you believed there was buried treasure in your backyard, how much time would pass before you started digging? What treasures are buried in your backyard? Why not just grab a shovel and find out? Is there really any good reasons to wait?