Are 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.
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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