In the mornings, we don’t have much time to get our children dressed, their teeth and hair brushed, their bags ready, etc. At such a time, there can be a pressure to things faster and the kids may want to rush. However, I tell them that if you want to go fast you have to go slow. Let me explain.
Going slow to go fast is like slowing superconductor molecules down below the critical temperature to conduct electrons faster.
When you try to go faster by rushing you might make mistakes. For example, my daughter was going so fast that, when she picked up her bag, her bottle fell out of it. She had to spend time picking up the bottle; I had to spend time fixing the cap which had come off the bottle when it dropped. Making mistakes cost time and when you rush you make more mistakes. That’s why going fast is actually slow, because the mistakes slow you down.
On the other hand, when you go slow you go fast because you take the time to do things right and do the right things. This also carries over to the workplace where, when the pressure of a deadline is high, you may have to dedicate more time than usual to judging what you can do with the little time left and to make sure that you’re doing the right things and avoid doing the wrong things.
It’s like in those computer race games where taking the corners too fast, you’ll go off-track and get stuck on the sand. Getting back on track after such a mistake costs so much time. Hence, being a quicker racer doesn’t primarily take more speed, but primarily requires one to avoid going off-track.
So, slow down for life’s bends, stay on track and you’ll get through them quicker.