The phrase, “slow down to speed up” first resonated with me during my last medical device stent in 2010. I’m often reminded of this expression as I’m watching the development of my daughter Cierra. So many times (more than I care to admit) I keep reminding her to take a step back before she reacts to the first impulse that comes to her mind. As a parent, the challenge of saying the same thing over and over and over again before it actually sinks in can be a true testament of exercising patience. Most of you reading this know this isn’t one of my strongest suits so this has proven to be most challenging.
I reference the dynamic of a parent to a child because of the psychological and physiological barriers that exist due to age and experiences. So in this example, it only stands to reason that grasping this concept for a child who has recently launched into becoming a teenager hasn’t been intuitive nor easy.
I’ve often said, “If you want to know the truth, ask the children because they (by nature) are closer to the source.” So in principal, if this is the backdrop then why is this concept not showing signs of measurable progress? Well, its simple…she’s 13 years old. After she stops rolling her eyes at me, snaps back during teaching moments and is convinced I’m the most clueless dad to walk the face of the earth, we can only hope that when she’s into her mid twenties, something will click.
So where am I going with this and why the reference of a father to a child? I believe from cradle to grave, life is a series of learning opportunities that present themselves everyday. Some choose to take those opportunities and modify and develop their behaviors in the spirit of progressing each and every day. Some believe they’ve had a formula of success and don’t need any help as they have life and business completely figured out. God bless them! I wish that were me but I’m afraid I fall into the class that the older I get, the less I know. However, experience has taught me one thing; the notion that reacting to what’s coming at you (without any forethought), will result in life and business running you as apposed to you running your life and or your business. In other words, being in the driver’s seat.
Often times I see many business owners, taking what’s given to them and reacting accordingly. Its not much of a proactive approach nor does it set up well for driving business outcomes. It goes back to finding your business as apposed to assuming the minding and grinding roles. Yes, the unexpected happens in businesses and on some idle Tuesday…when you least expect it, a crisis will pop up. It’s the nature of the game but is it more the exception or the rule? Business owners are wearing many hats and struggle to find balance in the day to day operations. It only stands to reason that reacting to the hottest fire results in making decisions that aren’t always the most well thought out. Get in front of what your business is struggling with and anticipate a few moves ahead. Dictate what business outcomes you want and drive the outcomes accordingly. Consider strategizing on what may happen and prepare a desired outcome as apposed to reacting to an inevitable crisis that will leave you reeling. Slow down (set strategies, anticipating several moves ahead) to speed up (drive the execution of your plan and show measurable outcomes)
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