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!