Have you ever heard the saying “In order to speed up you must first slow down”?
This has been a message I have been hearing for quite some time and it just wasn’t making any sense to me. Being a linear thinker this was not 1 + 1 = 2 so I didn’t give it the amount of reflection it deserved.
As someone who knows how to put her head down and go to work, it felt completely foreign to me to work less in order to produce greater results.
AND I found out that a synergy is created when you truly stop and take a break. Synergy is the concept of 1 + 1 = 3.
When your brain has time to rest it is amazing what can come in the way of fresh thoughts and increased energy and excitement.
The fresh thoughts may be things that will stretch you. You may discover new ways of doing things or thinking about things such that greater results can be achieved with less effort. The next step of course is new actions which are always where the rubber truly meets the road. This is where that increase in energy and excitement comes in. Taking new actions, moving away from the tried and true, and trusting in greater results may feel awkward and risky.
I remind myself that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
As we move into the second half of 2023, are there areas where you might be willing to take a break? Step back and see if there is another way of operating in order to create better results with less effort.
The hot months of summer are always a good time to put your feet up with a cold glass of lemonade and ponder.