RELAX: Sometimes You Speed Up By Slowing Down (Old School Resurrection)
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RELAX: Sometimes You Speed Up by Slowing Down
(first published February 14th, 2010)
“There is seldom enough time and energy to do what you want to do when you focus only from the level of physical doing, so you must constantly let go, relax and refocus…
When you’re in a hurry, your vision gets myopic (short-sighted); your energy prematurely exhausted. But with a clear intention, you can trust that the method, process and resources will unfold in a grander scheme with the best timing. Chill for a second and allow yourself to play a bigger game…
…Years ago, when I was training in karate, I would find myself reaching plateaus where, no matter how hard and consistently I worked out, I never seemed to get any better. This frustrated me because I would remember times when I was able to reach new heights with far less effort.
Then my coach would have me stop, i.e: totally quit working out. He would direct me to become a vegetable and do nothing for days (sometimes even weeks).
My return was always mind-blowing: I was cooler, calmer, classier, smoother and somehow at a new rhythm…at a new level with subtle but critical improvement in style, finesse, timing, focus and power…
Likewise, I’ve found that we learn, create and grow on many levels – the conscious one being perhaps the least profound. Our conscious minds tend to focus on the chef because he’s directing the show, but the complex chemistry happening inside the pot is the real mystery.
Learn to trust your process: trust the unseen formula that’s working itself out through you, creating resolutions and closure in ways far beyond what you even think is possible. Timing is everything, so don’t push yours or you might lose it.
What don’t you have the time to do that, at the same time, you know it IS time to do? A walk in the park? Dinner with a friend? Play laser tag with your kids? Walk away from the canvas until you can’t help taking up the brush again?
Relax. You have to put in the clutch to shift gears. You have to re-engage yourself at another higher-leveraged ratio. When you least feel like slowing down may be the most critical time you need to…”
That was from the book Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life by David Allen (of GTD fame). I read it this morning and said to myself, “Word…I gotta share that.” Anyone that knows me knows I tend to be a bit of a workaholic, so this was a good jewel for me as well.
A lot of my research has been building on the same thing: detaching yourself from time to time to come back more clear and on-point. Click the green for an Amazon link.