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Can You Slow Down?

2015. 04. 06.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
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What Keeps You From Slowing Down?

 

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Last week was an incredibly busy week and felt like I was speeding everywhere to get things done (I even wonder if that caused my flat tire). I was making some quick decisions and taking some risks as I ticked off the boxes from my list. “Slow down,” I heard a little voice inside me say.

This Easter long weekend, my daily pace slowed down by 80% and I found myself yawning, staring into space, empty thoughts, lounging and simply enjoying being with my family in our house in the countryside.  As I opened the curtains one morning, three deers grazed close by and for a few minutes, my world went into slow-motion and it was simply lovely.  Actually, I then noticed that many hours during the weekend simply went into slow motion.  My curiosity turned to speed and I wondered is it worth the risks, the stress, the exhaustion?

With speed and risk, we get things done, we build, we achieve, we fail and we learn.  We feel the adrenaline, excitement, anxiety, confidence and fear and with this, we seem to gain even more speed and want more.

As we speed from one thing to the next, how much are we living “in the moment?” How can slowing down influence our lives, our health, our careers, our relationships and our risks?  Most times, we don’t even realise how many opportunities we missed or how many people we have hurt unintentionally because we are speeding.  Doing, doing, doing and what about being, being being NOW? Awareness, laughing, smiling, breathing, listening, noticing, sharing, loving, crying, smelling.

Imagine your life just 10% slower, what would that look like? Now imagine your life 50% slower.

After a long weekend, I challenge you to be “now, in the moment” for 20 minutes and watch one of my favorite TED talks by Carl Honore’s “In Praise of Slowness.” A good reminder for us all and goal to aim for.

What keeps you from slowing down and what is that risk to you?

 

 

 

What Keeps You From Slowing Down?

2014. 11. 01.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
Coaching Transitions
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After  my coaching session yesterday, I drove my children to a Halloween party, at the school, along the usual dark 2 lane road, busy with 17.30 traffic.  A tailgater unnecessarily overtook me.  I had to brake, so that he could squeeze in, without causing a serious accident ahead.  He overtook the next car and my daughter asked “what is he doing? Is is worth it?”  Traffic slowed down due to a bus, and the tailgater was just 2 cars ahead of me. He signaled left, to turn into the school parking lot.  Having depicted children’s silhouettes, we wondered who this parent was, but left it at that.

Still in my coaching mindset, my curiosity turned to speed and is it worth the risk?  With speed and risk, we get things done, we build, we achieve, we fail and we learn.  We feel adrenaline, excitement, anxiety, confidence and fear and with this, we seem to gain even more speed and want more, just like this driver.

As we speed from one thing to the next, how much are we living “in the moment?” How can slowing down influence our lives, our health, our careers, our relationships and our risks?  Most times, we don’t even realise how many opportunities we missed or how many people we have hurt unintentionally because we are speeding.  Doing, doing, doing, and what about being, being NOW? Awareness, laughing, smiling, breathing, listening, noticing, sharing, loving, crying, smelling.

Imagine your life just 10% slower, what would that look like?  Now imagine your life 50% slower.

What keeps you from slowing down and what is the risk to you?

I challenge you to “be in the moment” for 20 minutes and watch one of my favourite TED talks by Carl Honore’s “In Praise of Slowness.” A good reminder for us all and a goal to aim for.