Do You Know That Slowing Down Can Speed Up Your Results?

7-Habits-Of-Highly-Effective-People-150x150Are you getting the results you want to get in your life? If not, how long have you been trying and not succeeding.  Maybe it’s time to do things another way, maybe it’s time to “slow down”.

With the exponential growth of information and technology, and the changes going on in our world today, I see so many people running around trying to do more everyday.  They don’t have enough time and they are getting stressed out!  Does this sound like you?

I Was Always Rushing And I Never Had Time

That was me back in 1995, I worked in the corporate world 14 hrs/day and I was on call 24 hrs/day.  I never had time and I was always in a rush.   The years just flew by and then I realized I had missed 8 years of my son’s life! 😥

I Learned To Slow Down

When I found the home based network marketing industry, my mentor’s taught me to slow down.  They asked me what my plan was for the rest of my life.  Duh, I didn’t have one! 🙄  He said “Kellie, you plan your vacation right?  And it turns out exactly how you plan it.  What if you didn’t have a plan, your vacation would be a disaster.  So how come you don’t have your life planned out as well as your vacation?”  Wow! 😯 I never thought of it like that!  I didn’t think I had to plan out my life!  But it did make a lot of sense.  So, I spent the next day planning my life.  What do I want in the next 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and when do I want to retire?

My Mentors Taught Me What Successful People Do

After I pondered for many hours deciding what I really wanted, he helped me put my plan together to achieve my goals.  I used a planner to master time management and to always run my day so my day wouldn’t run me.  I was taught if you fail to plan Kellie, you plan to fail!

Stephen Covey wrote a book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” where he talks about 4 quadrants which occupy our daily schedules.  They are:

1) Urgent & Important – things which must be done now, crises, fires

2) Not Urgent & Important – planned things

3) Urgent & Not Important – unimportant things, i.e unscheduled phone calls

4) Not Urgent & Not Important – things which are time wasters

Stephen Covey says that people spend time in Quadrant 1, taking care of crises, instead of planning in Quadrant 2.  When you take time to plan, then you don’t have many fires to put out. Successful people spend their time planning, and thus are always working on things that are important, but not urgent.

Quiet Time

All successful people spend time every morning by themselves.  Whether they meditate, visualize, or just be alone.  Every mentor in my life has taught me the importance of this time everyday.   Here’s a video I did to explain how I slow down to speed up:

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Sending you a lot of “Aloha” (love) & “Mahalo” (thank you) for being a part of our “Ohana” (family)!

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37 Comments For This Post

  1. Shannon Tecson Says:

    Good Morning Kellie!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. I have found that my quiet time in the morning has been essential in creating a magnificent and highly vibrational day! There is no right way to do this. I’ve found that everyone has a different way of connecting with themselves and the bottom line is that they find it. I also invest this time to read from a personal development or spiritual development book and to write down the action points that I took away to use for the day and in my life.
    Thank you for teaching me this very important concept 😀
    With love and light,
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  2. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Great Shannon! I am so glad you enjoyed our blog post! And yes, your way is the right way for you. You’ll know cause you’ll feel great after and your day will simply flow! Mahalo 🙂

  3. Helena Lauriala Says:

    Thank you for repeating these things. I find this lecture always new even I did try to work towards these thoughts. I often even sit down and write plan – things which are to be done daily. Change has happened and shall go on. Mahalo from Helsinki

  4. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Helena,
    So wonderful to meet you here on our blog! Thank you for your comments. We are so happy you enjoyed our post. See you again. Aloha 🙂

  5. Lani Iokua Says:

    Aloha Kakahiaka Kellie

    Mahalo what a great way to start my day with you wonderful blog! A great reminder for me to take time to slow down! I love your video!!

    Mahalo Nui Loa

  6. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lani,
    So nice to see you here on our blog! Mahalo for your comments and I’m glad you enjoyed the video! Aloha 🙂

  7. Alison Elliot Says:

    Hi Kellie, love this post and the video. You are so right on when it comes to knowing that less is more in the world of doingness. I lived in Hawaii for almost 5 years. I was blessed to be able to leave the world of rush-rush/hurry-hurry for the land of aloha. Thanks for bringing it all back to me. Aloha Nui Loa

  8. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Alison,
    So nice to meet you here on our blog! Yes, the islands can be a great place to relax, however, when I was working at a job, it’s was crazy busy. I never realized how beautiful our Hawaii was until I was home in my own business cause I finally slowed down to notice the beauty! Thank you for your comments. Hope to see you again. Aloha 🙂

  9. Tinei Says:

    Talofa Kellie!
    Thank you for this wonderful blog, you pointed out very essential points in here and it has guided me to things that I forgot to keep up i.e. my daily meditation. It is very important for these things to be consistent, and I thank you for reminding once again.

    <3 I am so grateful to have a mentor like you.
    Fa'afetai 🙂

  10. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Tinei! Thank you for your comments! I am so happy to see you here on our blog and to see you learning so much! You are such a great learner! Yes, meditation is so crucial to success. I’m glad we reminded you of it’s importance! Aloha 🙂

  11. Val Wilcox Says:

    I love being able to see you. You know how you get a perception of a person from their words or their voice. Now I can connect them all together with your video. Love it!

    You have so much valuable content to share, I truly appreciate your insights into personal growth. You are a true leader with living exactly what you teach. You
    re awesome!
    Val 🙂
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  12. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Awe, thank you Val! As they say, it takes one to know one! You are so awesome when it comes to personal growth, so I take it as a huge compliment coming from you! I am glad you loved the video also. I really appreciate your support! Much love & gratitude 🙂

  13. Anna Johnston Says:

    OH I HEAR THAT! All successful people spend time every day by themselves. Whether they meditate, visualize, or just be alone. I really utilise this time to catch up with myself, it is a key to really succeeding! 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder Kellie!
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  14. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Anna,
    Great to meet you here on our blog! Glad you enjoyed our post! Yes, quiet time is so important, especially when your busy. 🙂 Thanks for visiting. Aloha 🙂

  15. Melissa McCloud Says:

    i think you just gave me the training i was requesting earlier! i was given steve covey’s book as a naive teen, and luckily held onto it until i was mature enough to read and implement it. one of the most valuable time-saving changes i’ve made this year was turning off my email (instead of treating it like a wildfire!) and not check it every 15 minutes. i will definitely take your advice to heart–after all, successful people leave clues!
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  16. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Very cool Melissa! It’s so interesting isn’t it, when we’re ready the lesson comes. It happens to me all the time! I had tons of books which I didn’t read for years and then the right lesson jumps out at me! Glad you got what you were requesting. 🙂 Thanks so much for your awesome comments! Aloha 🙂

  17. Jacqueline Gates Says:

    Kellie, what an inspiration you are!
    I’ve always been one who bounces like Tigger from one thing to the other. Taking time to slow down and just Breathe is a new thing for me, but has rapidly become pivotal to my success and self-awareness.

    Like Melissa says, Successful people leave clues.

    Thank you for making this one so Obvious!

    Bliss and blessings,
    the goddess known as Jacqui
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  18. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Jacqui,
    Thank you for your very kind comments! You are such a beautiful person. I took so long to learn the lesson of quiet time and it did cost me! I am so glad you will take the time now, it’ll save you many years! Thank you Goddess! You are truly an Angel! 🙂

  19. Annette Morris Keane Says:

    Thank you teach for the constant flow of mentoring and inspiration I asked the universe for last year. ASK AND IT IS GIVEN – IT IS LAW! All of it showed up for me early this year wrapped up in a beautiful little parcel called Kellie! 😉 <3

  20. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    My great pleasure Annette! You are such a joy and a pleasure to “teach”! Yes, ask & it is given really works and when the student is ready, the teacher appears! It works for me every time. Thank you for your wonderful comments and believe me, the pleasure is mine too! Much love 🙂

  21. Milagros Says:

    Kellie…after so many years!!! You are still there…Thank you for putting out such an awesome video. I have that book….sitting on my shelf…collecting dust! ;-( I am digging out NOW!!!

    Milagros Barcus

  22. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Milagros,
    Nice to see you here on our blog. Thank you for your comments and we are glad you enjoyed our video. Yes, Stephen Covey’s books are the best! Aloha 🙂

  23. Holly Says:

    Hey, interestingly enough I found that when I had a “JOB” I had to plan more, because of the crazy schedule that I had. That’s where now I need to take more time to plan and be focused on what I want. I tend to be a little lax after all the stress of being planned so rigidly. I do take time ( although i would love to do more) for quiet time for me. I really am looking forward to kids back to school as that gives me more time for me. Thanks for the reminders and I will go back and review Stephen Covey’s book, it’s been a while since I read it.
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  24. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Yes, actually that is very common Holly. Most people get more done while they have a job and doing their home business PT. I think when we have more time, we tend to procrastinate on the tough stuff thinking we have all day to do it. Congratulations on taking your quiet time, that’s really the most important, then you will know what your tasks for the day are. Thank you for your comments. Aloha 🙂

  25. Jaden Daniels Says:

    I feel like I am in quantrant 1. I need to do more planning. I appreciate you sharing this information. I realized I don’t have my life planned out, either. I got some work to do.

    Thanks again,
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  26. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Jaden, that’s where most people are most of the time. Planning your day will change all of that. Congratulations! Aloha 🙂

  27. Kim Jensen Says:

    So good to see your beautiful face!I love how you said ‘Self management’ in place of time management…much more accurate, isn’t it? Hey, I was just thinking yesterday…that I also drive more slowly than I used to as well,I was way more aggressive on the road. (hmm…everything we do is a reflection of how we’re thinking.)I absolutely agree with taking solitude in the mornings. This is our time to put our day together and ask ourselves who we really want to be…I also started to ‘write the morning paper’ for myself, this has been a very inspiring guide for the rest of the day.

    Thanks for being here for us Kellie.
    Your friend, Kim
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  28. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Kim! You are very wise at such a young age. Congratulations. Looks like you are on track with your life’s journey. Thanks for your comments on our video! I really appreciate it…getting a little bit better at it everyday. Much love & gratitude 🙂

  29. Lisa Arnold Says:

    Great blog post Kellie! This was a much needed reminder for me to SLOW DOWN and take the time to ‘Just Be’. Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve read Stephen Covey’s book. Perhaps this was just the ‘nudge’ I needed…. Thank you! : )
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  30. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lisa,
    We are so glad you enjoyed our post! We all need that reminder, myself, included, to slow down. I must say, working at home helped me do that as there was no “rush, rush” cause it became my time schedule. And yes, Stephen Covey’s book is a gem! Thank you for your comments Lisa. 🙂

  31. Michaelé Harrington Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Thanks for your reminder which totally helps me to stay on track.
    I have a type ‘A’ personality and it’s often difficult for me to switch off. I sometimes find myself in a pattern of thinking if I push the envelope a little harder, ideas and creativity will flow. The truth is I know it’s totally the opposite. It’s only when I do slow down that everything flows freely!

    You are a breath of fresh air 🙂

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  32. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Michaele,
    So wonderful to see your smiling face on our blog! I am so happy you got some insight from our post. We all need a reminder to slow down especially in this age of expanding information! Thank you for your comments! Much aloha 🙂
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  33. Young And Fabulous Says:

    This is exactly what I’m going through right now, I’m in the phase where it just feels right to slow down. I’ve been busy all my life, not only with my fulltime job but also trying to establish a business that would hopefully replace my work income and free me from my corporate world. Lately I just don’t feel like rushing my way to get into my dreams anymore. Rather, I find that I’m happy just being where I am right now and being in the moment. I don’t know where this would get me, but I’m following what I’m feeling is right for me to do and be at the moment.
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  34. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Congratulations Cherrie! I believe you’re doing the right thing. Taking time to really assess what you want in your life is the important thing. And things change as the years go by. You’re still young, so take time to design your ideal life in the future. If you could have any life, what would that be? Write it down…one caution…you always get what you ask for, especially what is written down…Really!! Aloha 🙂
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  35. jaccie Says:

    Hi Kellie (again) lol,

    I think I learned this stuff in High School lol.. So the next step is to MAKE a plan for the future 😉 ..then catagorize into 4 groups of importance..

    thanks again,


  36. Larry Rivera Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    You bring up some very good points. I take 30 mins every morning to do chi gung and tai chi..

    Be relaxing when I first get up in the morning I feel better prepared for the rest of my day.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Larry RiveraÃ�´s last blog post ..Network Marketing – Baby Boomers Take Center StageMy Profile

  37. michael Says:

    Having been a transcendental meditator for almost 12 years now I know exactly the meaning of ‘slowing down’ to speed up.

    I meditate twice every day for a total of 40 minutes and, honestly, I find I just cannot do without it. It gives me energy and a clarity of thought I would have never thought possible before I started it.

    I feel it has the effect of defragging my brain and expelling all the worthless thoughts leaving only the gold nuggets that can be used in a number of creative ways. It allows me to easily decide what IS important and what isn’t.

    It removes the stresses of life (on a daily basis) that can build up over time and it’s now an integral and important part of my life. I know everyone is different and it may not suit everyone but it works for me and allows me to speed up in an organised way.

    Aloha & Mahalo to you,
    Michael V – Strata Management

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