SUPERPOWER #3: THE POWER OF PROMPT COMMUNICATION
Before Praxis, I was notorious among friends and family for not responding to text messages and calls for hours, days, or even weeks. In professional communication, I was better; I responded to emails and calls within 24 to 48 hours.
Of course, I had a reason for being so tardy in communication: I was an in-the-moment kind of person. I was immersed in and focused on my at-hand experiences and didn’t want to distract myself by being attached to my phone or my computer.
However, when Isaac and T.K. stressed the importance of prompt communication on our first Praxis call, I decided to be open-minded and give it a shot. I resolved to go all-in so I could see what would happen if I was radically prompt in all my communication.
Now, I always respond to an email, text, or call, immediately after I see it. At the very most, I respond within 1-2 hours of seeing it if there is some other research I need to do or action I need to take beforehand. After one month of prompt communication, I can firmly say I will never go back to my old ways. There have been several times just this month, when I would have failed to deliver for a client or friend if I had not been so on top of my email and texts.
What's more, practicing prompt communication has actually helped me avoid distractions and be more in-the-moment. Before, I always had a nagging sense that I had forgotten something or a nagging guilt that I was neglecting someone. Now, I have the serenity of knowing that I am always up-to-date with my communication to-dos. Before, I would spend hours knowing I had to respond to someone. Now, I spend a few seconds or minutes actually responding. This mental clarity helps me be less distracted and more engaged in my current moment.
Prompt communication has not only been good for my peace of mind, it has been good for my self-respect and for the way I am perceived by others. Now I take pride in being quick and reliable in my communication, and I have been complimented on my promptness several times by people I respect and admire. Instead of being notorious for radio silence, I am developing a reputation for dependability and competence.
I can’t overstate the power of prompt communication. Try it for yourself and see.