And then back to fear: We fear, that if we slow down we are “road kill”, that get run over by all the ones going fast. We have a fear of being left alone and perceived as being lazy.
Yet, it turns out, that if you slow down at the right time, you end up being more productive and more efficient. Possibly due to the same effect with having fear: even if we may not be afraid, we still produce excess stress hormones while rushing, and the effect is the same. We get less creative and less productive.
So how do we slow down at the right time? First of all you need to redesign your day, and identify when you need to be fast and when you need to be slow. Introduce mindfulness and meditation. And make sure that you get enough sleep.
Many of my talks and discussions with mentees, clients and friends about stress, workload and the somewhat worn out term ‘work-life balance’, circles around the element of time. It echoes the words of Carl Honoré. We never have time enough – or we believe that we would not get stressed if we just had more time to do the many tasks that lies at our desks.
I don’t think time is the issue. We have plenty. Trust me. The issue is our mindset – and the issue is fear.
We need a shift from more to better:
- From more results to better results.
- From more stuff, to better stuff.
- From wanting more time, to wanting better time.
And we need to not be afraid of not achieving, and afraid of what others might think.Then we can start really making a difference.
What would you do, if you weren’t afraid?
All pictures by me (taken with my somewhat blurry iPhone).