Mar 29

When Slow is really Fast

I’ve always wanted to master the Alchemy of time. Getting things done is a daily necessity.  Productivity goals can make our day or cause us to pull out our hair in frustration when we do not reach them.  Is the answer to work faster? Actually being in a hurry often ends up setting us back or can cost us money.  Yikes, we only wanted to be productive.

Let me give you an example.  My assistant, Kirsten,  lost a lot of weight last year.  At the time she didn’t make a big deal of it by talking about her plan.  Instead, she just went quietly on her plan and soon afterwards, many of us noticed that the pounds were dropping off and she was looking more and more amazing every week. I knew she had started a particular diet and was being very consistent. I recently asked her how much she lost in total and it was 65 pounds!  She lost it slowly, by making eating choices, but more importantly, she made lifestyle choices.

In her case   1)she had a goal,   2)she researched her best diet and health maintenance regimen that she could commit to and then   3)she set herself up for success.  Now that she reached her goal her life is about maintaining and she is living the life she wanted.  She looks and feels fabulous, her marriage is in great shape and her performing career is taking off. She is scheduled to perform in Finland as the lead at an international Opera Festival.  You go girl!  She is in alignment with who she wants to be, what she wants to do and is committed to doing the work to create her personal, professional and health success.  It took her about 6 or 7 months to get there.

So, is this fast, or is it slow? We know that the extra pounds did not appear overnight and therefore it stands to reason that it might take at least as long to let it go.

How does this relate to entrepreneurs? The key here for me is in HOW she accomplished this. We all make goals as business owners but do we set ourselves up for success?  It is so easy to be tempted to take the shortcuts and attempt to squeeze more things into our days than is humanly or inhumanly possible. Doing this mostly serves to cause stress and worse, to set us up for failure.  It often backfires.

The lesson is to focus on the goal and on what we need to be, do or have in order to be set up to succeed. This may include anticipating the predictable distractions of friends who call us in the middle of a work day, the emails that do not need to be answered so quickly, looking for lost/misplaced items, dust on the shelves.  Kirsten started her weight loss plan when she knew her schedule could be managed completely with minimal distractions.

Let’s all make our list of distractor factors.  Know what they are and when we are most likely to succumb to them.  Then, come up with your planned response to them when they show up. For example, it could be as simple as, Thank you ‘distraction’, you may move on now because I am doing something more important than you“.

Try it and see if that helps and let me know.

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