How often do you hit the “hurry” button?
The “Hurry” button shows up when we’re triggered, anxious, or feeling fear.
You’re going about your day, and then you get an email, a text, you notice something’s broken with your app, a customer complains…
A client fires you.
An employee quits.
A big deal falls through.
Suddenly it puts you into an emotional reaction of some kind. Fear, doubt, uncertainty, anxious thinking...
And it changes your sense of time. Time suddenly speeds up.
When we’re present, we give space to the moment, allowing things to happen, allowing what is right in front of us.
When we get triggered, our minds hit the “hurry button” and suddenly we feel we have to fix something.
And our discomfort tells us that we won’t feel ok until whatever is “wrong” is fixed.
The hurry button makes us feel like we don’t have enough time.
The hurry button makes us feel like we want to be in the future.
We need to “get somewhere.”
We can’t allow things to just be, we need to get somewhere, and fast.
Our sense of time, how much we have, or how little we have, drastically changes how we approach what we do. It’s often said that a sense of urgency is a good thing, but I’m not so sure. We do stupid things when we’re in a rush. We’re reactive, not pro-active.
The trick is to understand that all of the information you need to move forward and solve whatever problem you feel is right here in the present. Our inability to be present with reality makes actually solving the perceived problem more difficult.
Next time you feel the “Hurry button” kick in, see if you can find some method for disrupting the feeling of speeding up.
Deep breathing is great, especially if you focus on the breath. Knowing things CAN take time helps too, saying to yourself, “I’m going to come back to this tomorrow.”
Remember: Breaking your arm skiing is urgent. Almost nothing else is that urgent.
What’s so tricky about this is that these hurries, and worries, relate to something deeper. It’s never the email, or the client, or the employee, it’s what they represent to us. Uniquely. The only way we can allow ourselves to get present with that fact is by slowing down and getting present with ourselves.
Next time you feel fear, notice how it affects or warps your sense of time. Does it create pressure for you to get to the future?
That's an easy way to lose presence in your business and ultimately make worse choices.
If you can hit the "hurry button" you can consciously choose the "slow down and be present button"
xx As always, let me know how I can help,
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