It's an irony that the same progress in technology that was introduced to ease our lives, is in a way making our lives busier than ever before. We want to undo things at the click of a button, we want to make things happen in no time. We have lost all the patience, we have forgotten to enjoy our very lives that was meant not to strive but to live joyously & stress-free. As you rush in whatever directions you deem fit, do you realize the impact of not slowing down?
I hear from many that they have no time for themselves, their hobbies, their family...the list goes on. My question to them is provocatively simple: What are you rushing to & why? Whose choice it is? I then ask them to slow down & embrace its power. But the truth is, once you pace yourself up in a default mode of rushing, slowing down would really seem nonsensical & insane. They always have the fear of being behind, in the race which even they aren't sure of.
But the fact is, slowing down is the most precious gift that you can gift yourself in today's fast paced world. Sooner you realize this, you will be able to live your life mindfully & purposefully. What do I mean by slowing down? It broadly includes the following 3 R:
1. Reviewing of actions. Analyzing how far you have come, are you on track & is there anything that could have been done differently to take you closer to your path?
2. Reflection of thoughts.The thoughts which cross our mind with/without awareness shape our life. What thoughts are we feeding our mind with?
3. Refocusing our intentions. If we are too rigid in how we live our lives, we really don’t get a chance to live. Are our intentions powerful enough? Being able to focus on what's important & gracefully letting go the ones that don't serve our overall well-being is refocusing.
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around manifold. By slowing down, you are actually speeding up.
Coach to People Leaders, Start-up Founders & Transitioning professionals