The Urgent Case for Action
In one of my last articles I shared with you a simple process to help facilitate positive change. If you have not read my last post, please read it here.
A quick recap: The first step in the process is to accept the reality of your current situation. The second step is to create an Urgent Case For Action. The third step is to clearly identify the habits you are going to change and then the fourth step is to create accountability for your success. Several of my readers asked me to elaborate on the second point of creating an Urgent Case For Action (UCFA).
First of all, the UCFA is a powerful statement that clearly explains why you need to change certain habits RIGHT NOW. Often times we want to change a habit, but we don’t take the time to identify why we want it to change.
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We do know that in order to reach our ambitious goals, we have to actually become the person that is capable of reaching those goals. And that takes breaking old habits and developing new habits.
You have probably noticed that sometimes it can be difficult to form new habits. One way you can improve your success is by becoming very clear that your current situation is no longer acceptable to you and therefore you have no other choice but to change.
Let’s take John as an example:
John’s Current Situation
I consistently take work home at the end of the day and over the weekends, which:
Does not allow me to have quality time with my family
Does not allow me to rest and rejuvenate after a stressful week.
Has led to several burnouts over the last 3 years.
Creating An Urgent Case For Action
If I do not find a way to get my work done during my regular work hours, then:
I will continue to be practically non-existent in my children’s lives.
I will significantly increase the risk of a heart attack.
I will eventually endanger the financial stability of my family.
This may be an extreme example, but it illustrates the point. If John does not do something about his current situation right now, then some bad things are waiting on the horizon.
After John has written his UCFA, he then needs to specifically identify which habits he is going to change or implement.
John’s New Habits
At the end of each week identify deadlines for next week.
Block out two hours each day to specifically work on tasks related to deadlines for this week.
Do not engage in casual/social conversations in the office until all deadlines for this week are met.
John now has three specific habits that he is starting to implement. He can use his UCFA throughout the day to keep reminding him of the importance of sticking to these new habits.
The Urgent Case For Action is the foundation from which you decide to take action. When you write your UCFA don’t sugar coat it. The more straight-forward your statement is, the more it will help you and motivate you. Its whole purpose is to inspire you to take the actions necessary to change your current situation.
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