We recently got a puppy so please expect a lot of dog training metaphors over the next few months! The other day we heard a trainer say, “if you think you’re going too slow, slow down.” Of course we fell in love instantly!
Watching our little pup learning some new skills, we can see how easily he becomes overwhelmed and confused if we move through the steps too quickly. It’s not that he doesn’t know how to do it, or that he isn’t capable, but simply he needs to go through the steps at his pace. In the end the training is so much more effective when we go at the appropriate pace.
Does it seem like the pace of your life is deadline driven both by others and yourself? Do you berate yourself for how long something takes you? Or, perhaps you’ve noticed that you are frequently rushing others? If you are not getting the results you want OR you are getting the results you want at the cost of your or other’s well-being, we encourage you to look at the pace you are moving or wanting others to move at. Sometimes the thought that we are moving too slowly creates an unwarranted urgency, which often leads to fear, judgments, and underperforming.
When we move faster than our capacity, we reduce our abilities and potential. We’ve been taught that speed is paramount, but really, precision, excellence, and endurance are far more valuable traits. So, the next time you have a judgment that you or another is moving too slowly, consider slowing down. You might be surprised at the result.
To knowing when to slow down!