Slowing down to speed up is all about slowing down the busyness of your life
and speeding up the quality of it. I see so many people rushing around everyday, running from one thing to the next and their life is just one big blur. When you are rushing to the next moment, how can you possibly be enjoying and living in the moment you are in right now.
The first step is that you have to be willing to make the changes necessary to slow down and eliminate things that are not bringing you joy or adding any quality to your life. Many people say they want things to change but they are just wishing and waiting for things to change. Its going to take work and time, but it is well worth it. So lets do this!!
Secondly, you need to create a plan. This is important because you want to make small changes over time in order to make them stick. You don’t want to say that tomorrow you are going to wake up and change everything because that’s just too much to expect from anyone and you are setting yourself up for failure that way.
This is an example of why many New Years Resolutions don’t succeed. Someone will say that in the New Year I want to lose 20 pounds so January 1st. I am going to eliminate all the bad food I eat and exercise everyday. Then when they can’t keep that up, they get frustrated with themselves and end up just quitting. You need to start eliminating just a couple things at a time. Then you will start to see the results and this will keep you going.
Next, look at what things make up your day that you are doing because you feel you “should” do them. So many of us spend a lot of our valuable time doing things we feel we “should”, but that aren’t adding any joy or value to our lives. You need to start eliminating those, again just one or two at a time. Think of your time as a coin. Do you want other people deciding how you spend your coin, or do you want to decide how you are going to spend it.
Volunteer. One of the best things I ever heard was “when you are feeling helpless, help someone.” So when you are feeling your life is out of your control, help someone who really needs it. This will really show you what you could be doing with your time that could really make a difference, and help you to see how some of the things you are currently doing really don’t serve any purpose.
So, what are you going to do TODAY to start slowing down your busyness and speed up the quality of your life?