Over the years of studying successful habits and applying those habits on a consistent, daily basis, I found one habit that I consider to be the most critical to success. This habit is sure to be found in any high performing individuals. This habit is having the ability to be action oriented. Action oriented people do not hesitate. They move fast. To move fast, you must develop a sense of urgency in you life. That sense of urgency can be developed through a 5 step process
Develop The Habit To Think and Plan -
You must take the time everyday to think, plan and set the right priorities to become highly creative, useful and proactive. Over time you will find yourself launching quickly and strongly toward your purpose, vision and goals. This will allow yourself to work gradually, easily and continuously while having a laser type focus on your purpose. The result of advanced planning is the huge amount of productive and high valued tasks achieved each day. You will find yourself spending less time with idle socializing, wasting time and working on low value tasks.
Getting into "Flow" -
After developing the habit of focusing and working on high value tasks and staying consistent with that continuous level of activity, one will enter into a mental state called "flow. " The individuals who experience this mental state are the same individuals who have the highest state of performance and productivity. And when your in this state of mind, you feel elated, clear, happy and energetic.
Become More Alert and Aware -
When you are in this state of flow you function at a much higher plane of creativity. You feel more sensitive and aware to circumstances around you. And you often come up with brilliant ideas and insights that enable you to move ahead even more rapidly.
Develop a Sense of Urgency -
By developing a sense of urgency you can trigger this state of flow. This urgency is an inner drive and desire to get the job done quickly. This inner drive is an impatience that motivates you to get going and to keep going.
Make a "Bias for Action" -
With this deep-rooted sense of urgency, you develop a "bias for action." You take action rather than talking continually about what you are going to do. Your center of attention we be to take specific steps immediately. By employing this technique you concentrate on the things you can do right now to get the results you want and achieve the goals you desire.