She went back and forth in about 3 feet of water.Her head just above the surface of the water as she watched every move around her.Repeatedly, she dove and then surfaced. It appeared as if she was pacing the shoreline.All of the sudden, she was walking down the road.How did she get there? We stopped traffic to ensure her safe crossing. Then she quickly crawled down the hill and began to build her nest. She was going slow to reach her goal.
In an age where we are use to things moving fast, we often want to accomplish our goals quickly. It’s easy to overlook the importance of slowing down while we are trying to reach our goals.
What are the activities that you tend to rush through and it comes back to bite you? A hurried email? Calendar management? A conversation with a stressed out colleague?
One of the reasons managers rush through tasks is because they are juggling so many things at once. They often have too many meetings in a day. They also tend to not preserve big enough chunks of time to attend to their project lists that require a slower more deliberate pace. They get interrupted all the time.
As frustration builds many mangers turn to time management books. The list of books is enormous: The Four Hour Work Week. The Checklist Manifesto. The Effective Executive. The list goes on and on.Yet, I often see this approach fail. Why?
People who write these books have learned how to use their strengths to accomplish their tasks. The odds of your top five strengths being the same as theirs is 1 in 33 million. One can only wonder the odds of their book strategies working for you and your strengths.
A better approach might be to reflect on success from that past. Ask yourself… When was there a time where I was juggling too many tasks and started rushing and did NOT feel stressed or overwhelmed? Where I actually felt I could slow down to reach the goal? What was I doing differently? How was I using my strengths?
Taping into our past successes is a sure fire way to overcome challenges. Our past successes help us unlock our strengths.Set aside 20 minutes today to think about your answers to these questions. How can you leverage your strengths to help you reach your goals?