I received a large check from a client and was eager to get the money into my account. I hurriedly deposited the check – into the wrong account! At that point I learned that you cannot just go back to the bank and take a check out of the ATM machine, the bank has to re-issue the check. Ugh! More time lost.
I attended a seminar and was very excited to start implementing all the ideas that I learned. As I turned onto my street, I wasn’t paying as much attention to the road as I should’ve been as my mind was full of ideas that I wanted to immediately implement. Then, out of nowhere – CRASH! I hit a car that was waiting at the light. Thankfully neither of us was hurt. But UGH – time that I could’ve spent doing something productive was spent with the tow truck, the rental car place, and the body shop.
I’m sure I could share numerous other lessons that I learned about slowing down, but I think you’re getting the point. After all, nothing good ever happens when you’re in a hurry.
So today if you feel the pressure of time, take a minute and slow down. Breathe. Take a moment for yourself in silent meditation and just concentrate on your breath for five minutes. After all, it’s much better to breathe slowly and deeply than it is to hyperventilate in “panic mode.” You’ll find that you’ll save time, make fewer mistakes, and get more done.
PS – By giving yourself the time you need, you will get more time to do the things you want.
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