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Hurry up

Updated: Jun 20

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Everyone wants you to hurry up.

The car behind you is late. You’re trying to not block the intersection to be safe.

Your boss wants you to move onto the next project. You’re trying to be thorough, like they asked you to be.

Your supermarket wants you to come in and buy that food on sale even though you don’t really need it just yet.

Your customer doesn’t want to keep paying, you’re trying to do a great job so they aren’t upset later.

Your vendor wants you to get that quote sold before the end of the quarter so they can hit their quota.

Your salespeople want you to hurry up even if the details aren’t worked out.

Your domestic partner wants you to hurry up so you’re not late for dinner.

Your ego wants you to hurry up because Bill did the same project fast and if you appear slow to your teammates, it might impact your ability to move up.

Your stomach is empty and wants you to hurry up so you can get to that burrito.

There is a ton of pressure to hurry. Every opportunity to hurry up is usually accompanied with higher emotional, physical, financial, professional or other risks. 

You may choose to hurry up. Before doing that, it's good to first stop and think about the trade-offs. It’s often not worth doing fast if it means doing it again. There’s a natural reason why things are moving slower. This may be nature’s way of telling you (or the people hurrying you) that you have your reasons. When you feel that “pinch” of being rushed or hurried, say to yourself “oh, this is them hurrying me - I now have a choice, not an obligation” - this will help you do more risk assessment and make a clearer choice, even if it disappoints someone. Your safety is not worth getting through the intersection faster, even if the person behind you is in a hurry. If your boss is in a hurry, ask them to help you agree on what corners can be safely cut in the process. Once they’re aware of your mindset and the risks you’re juggling, they may even ask you to slow down.

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