Louise Heite | February 25, 2021
We’re living in an age of speed and rapid acceleration. A rhythm of rush can be found all around us: fast food, fast fashion, fast internet, fast delivery.
Our schedules are hectic, busy, and packed full of personal and professional responsibilities that swallow us up and then spit us out on the other side, feeling empty, overwhelmed, exhausted, and often lost, at the sense that there’s no way out.
We’re all wired up, but we’re melting down.
I like getting more done, faster, and I lived most of my life in the fast lane, but I also recognize how costly it can be to fall for this emotionally-wrecking trap of the hurry-up life philosophy.
Speed is the enemy of depth, nuance, attention to detail, reflection, learning, and rich relationships.
It wasn’t until two years ago when I decided to trade speed for the path to depth, and excellence.
Honestly, how would you feel if you knew the surgeon operating on you was racing through your surgery while checking email, and writing texts along the way?
My focus is no longer on speed but shifted to doing what’s most important to me and my growth. It’s no longer about going as fast as possible but all about doing the best I can.
The faster we move, the less we feel, which may be a primary reason we move so fast.
Why would you want this too? Why is moving away from a rhythm of rush and shifting to the think slow to move fast way of life exactly what we all desperately need? My key takeaways:
It’s a way of being, a mindset that values mindful, intentional decision-making over rapid, intense, and aimless acceleration. So instead of living a life of escapism where you run from what’s wrong, you consciously create a roadmap that poises you for success. When you shift from living in a state of flux and focus on finding your center you can get from where you are to where you want to be.
To thinking slow to move fast.
May your week be filled with good energy! ☀
Louise Heite runs a leadership consultancy for high-achievers. Her methodology is deep coaching - bespoke, not time-based. When she’s not serving her clients powerfully, she runs wild in nature, brews kombucha, and is cozying up with a good book.