The Power of Urgency

I’m sorry.  New Year Resolutions are for suckers.  Waiting until one pivotal day to make a drastic change in your life, and having to get it right immediately, is kind of silly when you think about it.  Gyms get over crowded for about a month.  Diets slowly fade back into the same old eating habits.  Credit cards get maxed out this year like they did the last.

Why don’t people succeed when they plan for a major change like that?  Here’s my theory.  The tradition of New Year Resolutions is nothing more than a societal celebration of PROCRASTINATION.

Here’s what I mean.  Let’s say you woke up one day, and didn’t feel very good.  So you go to the doctor to figure out what’s wrong, and he diagnoses you with having a major infection.  If the doctor said we need to fix this right away, would you respond by saying “No thanks.  I’ll just wait for the New Year.”?

Of course not!  You would have a deep sense of urgency building, knowing that there was something very wrong. Something that would only get worse if you didn’t fix it right away.

Resolutions are about identifying what needs to be improved, and then taking action to make change.  So let me really drive this point home.  True change only occurs when it’s accompanied by a deep sense of urgency.  The part of you that acts isn’t the part of you that waits, plans, and rationalizes why you should wait until some arbitrary day to start improving things.

The part of you that acts runs on instinct, reflex, and strong emotional meaning behind actions you’re COMPELLED to take.  The time to act is always now, or never at all.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are times where planning and waiting makes total sense.  But not when it comes to no longer stuffing your face with junk food, drinking like a fish, or spending a 120% of your paycheck.

Think of it this way.  Wouldn’t you have already wanted to start building some momentum by the time the New Year came?  I sure would.

So here is my challenge to you.  Start getting right immediately.  You should have a new second resolution, a new minute resolution, a new hour resolution, and a new day resolution.  The time to do things better is always in the present.

  • Start adding physical activity to your day.
  • Start caring about the food you put in your body.
  • Start tracking the dollars that enter and leave your pocket.
  • Start tracking your emotional cycles to maximize the highs, and control the lows.
  • Start networking with, and mentoring under people you want to be more like.
  • Stop judging people.
  • Stop giving power to your regrets and mistakes.
  • Stop taking your loved ones for granted.

These are some powerful resolutions that will change your life….but only if you put the urgency behind them.


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I am a college drop out who found my passion as an investor. I love the many facets of finance, investing, and business. But even more than that, I love sharing what I learn with others.

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