To Progress, Slow Down

Have you ever been stuck behind a vehicle going too slow?

It happened to me on my way to picking up my daughter from a “Girls Camp” this last weekend. I was just entering the freeway, in the far right lane, and the guy driving in front of me was giving new meaning to the words “slow lane.” Cars to the left of me were zooming past, and at my current speed I imagined a bicyclist passing me. It didn’t take long before I got a little impatient and tried speeding up to match speeds with the other cars passing and gambling on a good time to switch lanes. But to no avail.

And then I realized something. If I just slowed down, it would increase my distance between the car in front of me and give me more space to navigate a lane change. It was obvious, and I had known it before, but I tend to underutilize logical thought when I feel pressured to be at a certain place by a certain time. So I decreased my speed, and it only took a few seconds before I could get into a different lane and go at the speed I wanted to go.

My hurry-up-and-go driving is comparable to the way many of us live. We often get “stuck” in life, thinking that if we just speed up or did more or took on something else, life would be better. There’s no doubt that we need to set goals and improve, but if it’s not working, it may behoove us to slow down first, and determine where it is we really need to (or want to) be. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and with those you care about most without worrying about what others think, and allow yourself to set boundaries by saying “no” when you need to.

Do you have any examples of when you have “slowed down” and it has helped you? Feel free to let me know about them on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links below!

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  1. samsonmbai says:

    MR Jerry at one time in my life i happened to be in a situation like that after finishing high school i was in a hurry

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