My friend Jan Maples used this phrase in a conversation with me a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been noticing how impactful this is in living a fulfilled life. So I began to pay attention to what’s available when I used this idea. And then it condensed into:
SLOW DOWN NOW
Slow down kind of mitigates the notion of immediate if you define immediate as hurry up! But if you think a little longer, you may like me, appreciate the intersection of the words. Slow down is self-evident, now is immediate.
SLOWING DOWN NOW allows you to:
- Consider your fulfillment before you make a choice.
- Recognize that it’s not too late to start now.
- Speak words that move you and others forward.
- Let words remain unspoken that don’t.
- Consider what’s possible instead of what’s wrong.
- Fix what’s wrong or move on.
- Do what fulfills you first thing every morning before work, email, phone calls or it’s one more day where you complain about not having time.
- Make time.
I started with #8. I’m making time to do what fulfills me. I get up earlier to do it. I prepare the night before so I don’t have to think about it. I lay out my running gear, shoes, and iPhone. I skip the extra glass of distilled spirits the night before! I hit the road breathing deeply, and consider my good fortune to do something I love to do each day.