The Value of Slowing Down

Are you ignoring the most important (a.k.a. strategic) issues facing your business, your company, or your life because of the more urgent issues screaming for your attention?

If so, you’re like the proverbial frog in the pot on the stove. He doesn’t notice that he’s getting cooked alive until it’s too late.

We all need to take a step back and look at what’s going on in our lives – work – businesses in order to determine if we’re heading in the right direction. Ships have a captain. Planes have a pilot. Who is overseeing your life?

If you’re not stepping out of the line of fire on a regular basis–say every week or at least once a month–you could easily lose your focus.

Think about it, if you’re off-course by just one degree a week, in less than one year you’ll be 50 degrees off-track! That’s going to require a significant course correction.

Have you already given up on your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you know what you’re trying to accomplish this week? This month? This year? Do know why you’re trying to accomplish it?

If not, take a step back, set some meaningful and inspiring goals (I don’t mean some, "I really should blah blah blah" goals — I mean some, "My life won’t be complete unless I …" goals), create a solid game plan or path toward achieving those goals, decide what the very next step is, and then take it.

Remember, sometimes you have to go slow — to go fast.

If you need help slowing down, contact me at 516.216.4233 or shoot me an email at

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