Wednesday 3 June 2020

Getting Rid of "Hurry Sickness:" (Part One)

Calm Down. Hurry Kills
Do you have the "Hurry Sickness?" More like the question should be, How are you keeping the "Hurry Sickness" in check. We are all plagued with the possibility of this sickness. It is part of the "rat race," the culmination of technological advancement; ease and speed of travel, and communication. That which was meant to improve productivity also comes with pressure and desire to do more, not less.

It is up to us to keep it in check so that it does not derail us. Its intent, typically, is to steal from us, kill us, and destroy us. It is up to us to ensure it does not have this effect in and on our life.

So, what is "Hurry Sickness?"

Hurry Sickness is a term coined by cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman. It is a malaise in which a person feels chronically short of time, and so tends to perform every task faster and to get flustered when encountering any kind of delay. It is a mixture of anxiety and continual feelings of urgency.

Hurry Sickness is a disease that affects our minds and our bodies, yet it may well have spiritual roots. It is steeped in a scarcity mentality, society/cultural rhythms, and orphan mentality.

Hurry Sickness, also known as "excessive time-urgency." It is highly related to the "fear of missing out." By doing things too fast or doing too much at one time, there is a reduction in effectiveness. Working too fast can result in errors and lower quality work. Remember the adage: “The hurrier I go, the behind-er I get.” It’s usually true.

Hence, the symptoms of "Hurry Sickness" include High-stress levels, Declining quality of work, Tiredness, and eventually Serious health problems. To avoid hurry sickness: Be assertive when deciding which tasks to take on.

Hurry Sickness results in a phenomenon known as the “narrowing of the cognitive map.” That is, we miss details, we are not present enough in the moment to notice what is really important and we do not make the most beneficial choices for ourselves, and for our loved ones. We’re too busy, we’re too hurried and we’re too rushed. We surrender, we settle, we lose hope. We compromise ourselves and become what we often settle for.

It is up to us to deliver our own selves from this malady. No one else will do it or us, nor can anyone else effectively resolve it for us. The onus and power are in our own hands. It is up to us to guard our locus of control and keep it within. And, set our sail to take us to our predetermined home. We are the captain of your own ship. We are Invictus.

We are not making progress hurrying. You are only dying one piece at a time. There is more to life than hurrying. There is a skill for living. There is a skill for life. It is up to us to learn it, and live.

Below are a few tips for getting rid of "Hurry Sickness" and living life sustainably, healthily and responsibly.

1. Learn How to say "No" and say so Often:

a. You were not created to do all things. You cannot do all things.

b. Saying yes to everything is a form of madness.

c. Whatever you can do effectively within the time allotted is all you were meant to do. Don't sweat over the things you were not able to do. Leave it to providence. Only satisfy your conscience you gave it your best shot.

d. So, identify early the things that are mandated for you, and the things that are not. And, you have to make that decision for yourself.

e. Be comfortable with saying "No." It will add life to your years, and years to your life.

f. Create rules for your life. Pre-determine the things that are within your do, and do-not lists.

g. Never be in doubt as to what your big "YES" is. What are your values, vision, purpose, passion, and definition of success? And, your top 5 Roles, in order of priority?

h. Don't be too quick to commit. Confirm first you have enough bandwidth to fulfill it. No harm asking for time to get back.

Quotes on "Saying No:"

“When there's no clear option, it's better to do nothing.” (Erwin Rommel, aka. The Desert Fox)

“Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.” (Erwin Rommel, aka. The Desert Fox)

"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything." (Warren Buffett)

“We all need a compelling future, something that will get us up and excite us. If you don’t’ have that, life feels very dead for high performers.” (Tony Robbins)
"The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying "Yes." No. Focusing is about saying "No." And when you say "No," you piss off people." (Steve Jobs)

“Your rules state what you will and will not do. Your rules automatically indicate that you make the right decision, making it easy to overcome obstacles and resist temptation.” (Craig Ballantyne)

"Taking on too much often causes us to rush through our work. If you're not comfortable saying 'no' to others, practice saying 'no' with a friend or colleague. Being able to say 'no' to others will help lighten your schedule." (A.J. Marsden, Ph.D., Psychology Professor)

2. Finish Before You Start:

a. Practice the Art of Creating Twice.

b. Everything worthwhile is created twice. First on paper (mentally), and then in reality - the physical world, the field, or marketplace.

c. No one plans to fail. People only fail to plan. And, hence, by implication and extension, plan to fail.

d. So, Plan! Plan!! Plan!!! But, don’t over plan. It is not worth the “over.”

e. Remember, no plan survives the first contact with the enemy, reality.

f. The plan ALWAYS needs to be adjusted to MARCH reality on the ground.

g. So, plan, but don’t over plan. Don't overthink the issue. Leave room for flexibility.

h. Never forget, the Essence of Planning is Execution, and not Planning. Planning is not an end in itself.

i. So, finish your day, before it starts. Finish your week before it starts. Finish your month before it starts. Finish your year before it starts. Finish that meeting before it starts. And, the list goes on. Finish the decade before it starts.

j. Planning keeps the "locus of control" where it belongs, inside of you.

k. The more blood you shed on paper the less you need shed in the real world, the battlefield.

l. So, Plan. Be quick, but never in a hurry. Get it?

Quotes on Planning:

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” (Jim Rohn)

"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war." (Norman Schwarzkopf)

“Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view” (Seneca)

“I would rather be the hammer than the anvil” (Erwin Rommel, aka. The Desert Fox)

“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” (Dr. Stephen R. Covey)

"Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, but brains saves both." (Erwin Rommel, aka. The Desert Fox)

“Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us.” (Dr. Stephen R. Covey)

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” (Sun Tzu)

"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score." (Bill Copeland)

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” (Jim Rohn)

"People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren't getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might." (Dr. Stephen R. Covey)

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