S:0977 Distinction: Busy vs. Hurried

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


Hurried is stressed, frazzled, feeling not-enough, behind the power curve, maybe even feeling alone and separate-from.

Busy is just … busy. Getting lots of things done, being in action.

With hurried there is stress and tension. With busy there is flow, ease, a sense of accomplishment.

When you are busy you’re probably organized, up to the task, clear on the outcomes you’re creating.

Hurried has you feeling out of sorts, unsure of the outcome, reacting to situations rather than having the reserves which allow you to respond.

You may be tired at the end of a busy day, but know you’ve accomplished things.

When hurried you may only hope the day will end!


Coaching Point: What structure or process can you put in place to assist you to be effectively busy rather than hurried and harried?


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