Bonnie Raitt knows when to slow down.
I recently read this article, where Bonnie Raitt said that a therapist once advised her to: “Only go as fast as the slowest part of you can go.”
That really resonated with me, because, as I said in my last post, I think most of us move too fast these days.
We’re over-scheduled, trying to do too much.
We try to do a million things each day, and accordingly, we can’t do a very quality job on any one of them.
To see the proof of what I’m saying, try this simple exercise:
Go over your calendar for the last two weeks. I’m sure you have dozens of meetings, phone calls, follow-ups and G-d-knows-what else in there.
Now ask yourself these questions for each:
Did you get the most out of these appointments?
Could you have done a better job following up?
Could you have sacrificed some of them to be more engaged with others?
See - there are some appointments and projects we should just say no to. Not because they’re no good. Because they prevent us from doing our best on other things.
Here are two examples from my life: sleep and lunch.
I get to the office every morning at 7, because there’s so much work I want to attack. And I often skip lunch for the same reason.
But when I look back on the past couple of weeks at work, I realize that I was zoning out a bit before the end of each day. So anything I was trying to do in the early evening was not receiving 100% of me.
The bottom line is that I’ve been trying to go too fast.
I need to focus on getting more sleep, and eating better, so more of my endeavors get the best of me.
What about you? Are you running efficiently? Looking back at the past two weeks - did you get the most out of those experiences? How well are you doing with your intrapersonal relationships? Are people getting your all? Are you eating and sleeping well?
Are you the best you - or just the fastest you?
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When did you do something for the first time and how great was the feeling?