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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?

Boldness

America has settled into a cushy new trademark philosophy. American life is less an adventure than it is a quest for bliss, happiness, comfort and safety. Instead of chasing bold dreams, the contemporary American doggedly pursues low-risk, softer ideals. Instead of putting ourselves on the line for something that is exciting and bigger than ourselves, our most adventurous moments seem to be those we live vicariously through movie and television screens.

“Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.” — Charles Dickens

“The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.” — Unknown

Yet, I think boldness is still woven into our character even if it remains dormant most of the time. I say this because in every crisis situation there are heroes, those who rise above their comfort levels to save lives, protect property and defend the defenseless. There are huge reservoirs of courage and boldness inside most everyone, which burst forth as geysers whenever disaster strikes.

People will do the uncomfortable when circumstances demand it. But imagine what could be accomplished individually and collectively if more people routinely tapped into their boldness and courage. Motivational speaker Brian Tracy had this to say about boldness within the realm of capitalism …

“Boldness is a necessary part of courage but it must be a boldness based on an intelligent assessment of the potential risks and rewards. The wonderful nature of boldness is that, properly directed, it builds the habit of courage in the person who practices it.

“A 12-year study of successful entrepreneurs conducted by Babson College concluded that the only thing they had in common was the willingness to launch, to step out in faith. Once they had started, they learned the lessons they needed to succeed, many of them ending up successful in completely different businesses from where they started.”

Business is only one place where courage and boldness can be applied. I recently began imagining how boldness, properly applied, could help me become more successful in all areas of my life: family, faith, career, community service and recreation.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Lord Chesterfield

“Look with favour upon a bold beginning.” — Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC)

“He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.” — Baltasar Gracian

“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” — Billie Jean King

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” — Orison Swett Marden (1850 -1924)

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” — William Shatner (Star Trek actor)

“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” — Bible, Proverbs 28:1

God bless,

— CC

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Easy Vs. Hard

The expression “work smart, not hard” is advice about efficiency by leveraging resources. It presumes that working smart leads to easier work. Efficiency and a lighter burden are always good goals as long as the easy way and hard way both lead to the same destination. The critical question when faced with an easy vs. hard choice is, “Do they really go to the same place?”

As human beings, the natural tendency is to pick the path of least resistance even when this is not expected to produce the best results. Always choosing easy over hard is based on near-term mindset. Instant gratification is an example that comes to mind. In the long run, we end up settling for far less in life if we make a habit of taking the easy path. Being one who is willing to consider and choose the more challenging path, whenever it makes long-term sense, requires a deep-seated commitment to the future.

“Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.” — Benjamin Franklin


“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
— Anonymous

Easy and Hard Can Be Matters of Perspective and Attitude

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.” — Terence (185 BC – 159 BC)

“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.” — Baltasar Gracian

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

Difficulties Help Sharpen Our Axes

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” — Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” — Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 – 1734)

“If at first you DO succeed, try something harder.” — John C. Maxwell

Facing Difficulty Requires Courage

“It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.” — Louis Pasteur, microbiologist

“Courage and perseverance have a magic talisman, before which difficulties and obstacles vanish into air.” — John Adams

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing

Dealing With Difficulty

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” — Dale Carnegie

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.” — Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)

Finally, always remember the words of Edward R. Murrow:

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”

God Bless,

— CC

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