Slow Down to Speed Up

I am not a patient person.  I try hard to be, but it doesn't come naturally.  I walk fast, talk fast, eat fast, read fast and tackle my to-do list fast.  As the owner of a housecleaning business for the past 14 years, I can even clean an entire house fast! 

Over this long 3 day Labor Day weekend I tried really hard to slow down, and just take it easy.  I have been hustling the last few months growing my coaching business and decided the long weekend would be a good time to just take a break.  My oldest son played in a soccer tournament out of town for a day and a half, which I completely enjoyed and we got to spend lots of time as a family.  

I wish I could say I succeeded and enjoyed every second of the long weekend, but the truth is, it was tough!!  My mind always thinks about the next thing I need to do or to take care of. 

I wish I could say I succeeded and enjoyed every second of the long weekend, but the truth is, it was tough!!  My mind always thinks about the next thing I need to do or to take care of.  As I'm growing my coaching business, helping moms live successful and fulfilling lives, I am constantly thinking of new ideas and products I want to create and I just can't seem to move as quickly as I'd like.   

Although I didn't let myself go into my office over the weekend to do "work", I found myself jotting down lots of ideas in my notebook, or adding tasks to my to-do list for Tuesday, or reading  personal development books that in turn, help me be a better life coach.  I was brainstorming topics for blog posts and different modules for an online course I'm creating.  

By telling myself I wasn't going to do any work this weekend, I think my brain felt the need to pick up the slack by pouring out the ideas for future projects to me!    Slowing my pace has helped me crank out lots of content today and a huge list of things I want to work on in the near future!  

It finally dawned on me that maybe there is some truth to the phrase, "you need to slow down to speed up."  This Labor Day weekend was the perfect time for me to pause for a moment and see how far I've come since launching my coaching business just a few months ago.  

It's now Tuesday and I am refreshed, have lots of great family memories from the weekend and I am pumped to get back in the saddle.  I feel like I've had several shots of espresso and the amount of adrenaline I have after running a race!!

Don't be afraid to pause, regroup and get your mind cleared out every once in a while.  What I discovered is that the world doesn't crash down and you get so pumped up that you'll make up for those couple "lost" days in no time!  

Keep dreaming big, working hard and striving for better, but keep in mind my new favorite phrase, "You've got to slow down, to speed up."

Next on my list is to learn how to walk slower.  (My husband will appreciate it).