Slowing Down to Get Ahead

June 6, 2019

By Mark David

What does “Slowing Down to Get Ahead” really mean?

I believe it’s the realization that we’re all better off doing the majority of our work, averaging 60-80% of max speed vs. running at max speed all the time.

Slowing down to get ahead means taking a step back to see the whole picture, with all of your options clearly in front of you, and with this knowledge you can then pick the correct course of action.

Slowing down to get ahead also enables you to make the correct adjustments all day, every day. It allows proper navigation of your energy to create maximum output.

Below are a few times you should ‘Slow Down to Get Ahead’:

#1Goal planning – take time to asses and clearly define the necessary actions to get the desired results. Approach with an open mind, no preconceived notions, get others on board, ask for input, set the vision/goal upfront so you can avoid the pitfalls of overload, frustration, and failure. Reflect on where you’ve been.

#2 – After a crisis – when too many things pile up at once, and we lose focus.

#3 – Employee growth & development – take the time to clearly define expectations and get buy-
in. Coach and observe consistently to monitor and make behavioral corrections. Allowing people to learn from their mistakes without fear of retribution.

#4 – Personal growth and development – allow time for newly learned and coached behaviors to take root. You must own the responsibility to self-coach.

In summary: Step back and begin each project with the end in mind. Have your plan completely ready to move forward. Take one step at a time and before you know it, you’re done on time and under budget.

Slowing down to get ahead, feeds and builds your self-confidence. This self-confidence allows individuals to work from a solid foundation, knowing that the project will be accomplished. Allowing yourself to take a moment at the correct time, automatically puts you in the driver’s seat to reach your personal and professional goals.

Appreciate the Day,

Mark David

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