Easing Into “Slow Mode”

Racing down the highway on a rainy day. Running errands like the Energizer Bunny on a Friday afternoon. These are just some of the ways we live in “Urgency Mode.”

I’ll tell ya what my friends; living in the “Crazy Zone” isn’t working for you anymore. Why do I say this?

In my 23-year career as a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, I’ve seen what stress can do to you. It’s the ugly picture of what’s out of order, wrong and unnecessary.

Truth is, if we were honest, slowing down is where we want to be. Not in our health, wealth or things we hold dear. But in the places where going slower will matter.

How do you do it? How do you retire from “Urgency Mode” and slip into “Slow Mode?” After interviewing countless clients who escaped the grind, I have a few suggestions they live by.

Tip #1: Reassess Your Priorities

Few things will bring you clarity like a tragedy. The better way is to sit in your quiet place, think and write down your REAL priorities. I’m talking about what you want if you couldn’t have everything else. What are they? Jot em down and look at this list. What’s worth keeping and living for?

Tip #2: Remove “Urgency Clutter”

Whatever isn’t on your list, how can you get rid of it? Earthlings are the masters of tricking ourselves into believing everything is important and urgent, when it’s not. Truth is, if we got nuked today, we’d know what matters. If it’s not on your Priority List, make plans to remove them. You will be shocked at how much time, focus and energy you get back.

Tip #3: Practice Your “NO”

Adults tend to lose their “NO-Factor” when they, well…become adults! It’s like someone downloaded a “YES” virus, requiring us to say yes to every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants us to obey their every command. NO! Start learning to practice your “NO.” Be honest about not doing what you don’t want to do or have time to do. Your life will free up, so you can do what’s important to you.

Putting these three tips into use will help you slip into “Slow Mode”, nicely. ENJOY!