Slowing Down to Grow Faster in Business
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Do you feel like your weeks just fly by? Do you wish you just had more time? Do you ever feel overwhelmed in your business?
Well, in this article we’ll learn about that precious commodity – TIME. We’ll learn how slowing down can help you to relax more, focus more and be more effective in your Business and Life. We’ll also learn how (Ironically) slowing down can help you to grow faster in Business.
Going Too Fast
I want to share an experience that I had last year when I realized that I was going too fast:
I’m passionate about coaching – I love helping Business Leaders discover and breakthrough what’s holding them back from making a greater impact in their business and life.
Last year, as I started to develop and grow my business. I was working on a lot of projects, posting on social media daily, meeting with my clients, studying, and regularly updating my website and blog. I had a to-do list as long as my arm!
I was excited to move forward and see my business grow. However, I started to notice a feeling, almost like a ‘rushing’ sensation, like I was on a ‘runaway train’ thinking about everything that I wanted to work on.
I could also start to see that I was ‘spreading myself too thin’!
I’ve always liked reading inspirational quotes, especially at the start of each working day. I find that they give me a mindset boost that lasts all day long.
I read the following quote about time that changed everything:
In that moment I thought “I don’t want to rush through my life. I want to fully experience it and enjoy it. How can I do that if I’m constantly rushing?”.
So, I made a conscious decision to slow down.
Since making that decision my business has improved, I feel more relaxed and I appreciate life more.
So, how did I slow down?
Well, before I share how I did that, it’s important to know when you are going too fast. So, let’s answer the following question first:
How Do You Know If You’re Going Too Fast?
From working with my coaching clients, the tell-tale signs that you’re going too fast varies from person to person. Here are a few typical signs of going too fast:
- Feeling overwhelmed or stressed
- Having a to-do list that you never get through
- Rushing conversations
- Making simple mistakes again and again
- Constantly working long hours
So, let’s move on and learn 5 ways to help us slow down.
Slowing Down to grow Faster in Business
Each of these activities don’t take long to do and on top of that they’re easy to implement!
We breathe 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but how many of us think about how we breathe?
When we rush around and feel overwhelm our breathing rate increases, as does our heart rate. Slowing down breathing by taking slow, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, regularly each day slows down the mind. It can help us to think more clearly. We are more likely to come up with more effective solutions when we are calm, rather than making a ‘snap’ decision when rushing around.
Slowing Down Conversations
When we rush conversations, we could miss an opportunity to make a stronger connection with the other person. We increase our chances of misunderstanding what is being said as well as missing potentially important information. Rushing can also have the effect of making the other person feel de-valued.
Try consciously slowing down conversations. Listen like you’ve never listened before. Most people don’t listen actively – they think of what to say next whilst the other person is talking.
Be genuinely interested in what the other person is saying.
Many studies have shown that meditation can help to calm an over stimulated mind. In fact in the article “How Meditation Calms Your Mind and Makes You Feel More Alive” by Luke Glowaki, Luke explains how meditation can help you to create inner peace, improve your concentration and feel more alive amongst other benefits.
Setting aside a few minutes daily during your working day to meditate is a wonderful way to reduce stress, calm the mind and help to think more freely and effectively.
I remember when I used to work in my IT business, I rarely took lunchbreaks. However, in my final year I started to take regular lunchtime walks with my Business Partner and it really helped me to clear my mind. It was good to get some fresh air and step back from the work I had been doing in the morning so that I was refreshed and re-focused for my work in the afternoon.
Try taking regular breaks during your workday and perhaps go for a lunchtime walk. You’ll be glad you did!
Open Your Eyes
I’m interested in Astronomy and most days I learn something new about our planet, solar system, Milky Way, or the universe. The more I learn the more I realise how lucky we are to be alive. Humanity exists through an incredibly ‘lucky’ series of events during the 4.5 Billion years since it was created. There were so many opportunities for life never to exist or our planet to be destroyed since its creation. I recommend that you watch ‘The Planets’ by Professor Brian Cox if you’d like to learn more.
It’s an incredible ‘eye-opening’ documentary series that takes you though the history of the planets in our solar system. It provides a new perspective on life and how precious and special we all are!
So, in conclusion we’ve learnt that there are many ways that we can slow down, and I’ve shared five of them:
- Deep Breathing
- Slow Down Conversations
- Take Breaks
- Open Your Eyes
Slowing down can help to speed up personal development and can help you to be more present and more effective in your business and life.
Slowing down can also help you to:
- Have better conversations and create stronger relationships in your business and personal life
- Relax more
- Look at problems and challenges in a new light
- Appreciate people and the world around you
- Create a ‘growth’ mindset
Ultimately, it’s a personal choice on how you want to be in your life. In my experience I’ve come to appreciate life more and grow my business faster once I started to slow down.
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