Where is that vitality you used to have?
Welcome to the club, everyone has problems they need to overcome
When you have little time and even less clarity, complexity steps into demand even more of you, particularly if there are health, financial and family problems. When putting it all together it can cause the best of us to falter.
Perhaps you’ve been through a challenging time or have health problems that are lingering or aren’t healing as quickly as you expected. Maybe you notice that you don’t have the energy to do what you’d like to do. It could be that your sleep is disturbed, or your weight is slowly creeping up, and you’re resisting what you know you should do.
It could also be that your finances are troubling you and your positive direction has suddenly become hazy. Are you in a bad mood most of the time, or that your relationship with family, friends and colleagues is not as you would like it?
Whatever you issues, there is always something you can do
If you are not careful to slow down and start an innovation, or reengineering program your health will deteriorate rapidly. People look for all sorts of solutions but they keep trying to fix their problems in their head when there are better ways to get back on top.
Your issues may seem complex and out of control, but most challenges only require 90% research and 10% decision-making. To resolve a significant issue, firstly you must understand whether you are looking at a problem that needs to be solved or a dilemma that you need to cope with.
When you don’t slow down, you run the risk of spending time and money reacting to symptoms, not the problems.
Doing today’s business today is a good principle to adopt. There is nothing worse than always feeling being behind the ball.
Most of your problems and frustrations will revolve around action. You are either trying to take too many actions or not enough actions. Either way, you will spin out of control. When you hit the pause button on action, problem-solving and decision-making, you can either have different and deeper conversations, or you can run and hide.
Instead of focusing on speed, you can focus on learning, exploration and collaboration. Slowing down helps you see information, patterns and issues that were previously overlooked or unclear. You can find a multiple of right answers and integrate them into better decisions and sustainable solutions.
Your experience and beliefs from your past drive the way you think, which drives the way you act, which determine the outcomes you are achieving. However, if you put different information into your brain, you will start to think differently, which means you will start to act differently and that means you can change the outcomes you will achieve in the future.
What new information inputs and beliefs are required to propel your business and personal life into the future you are seeking. Whatever is getting in the way should be eliminated.
Make more use of technology
Complexity is arguably the issue facing us today. The problem is that we’ve bought the complexity of globalisation and the technology driving it. You try to match complexity with greater complexity and increased speed. Feeling out of control, you seek more control. Instead of the clarity you crave, you get ambiguity and more uncertainty.
There is a way to break the stranglehold and that is to slow down to speed up, by taking a critical look at the technology you use to manage your daily lives and your businesses.
Re-evaluate the way you use your daily to-do list, whether it be manual or electronic. Most to-do lists are rarely prioritised and many of the items are not in alignment with what is important in both personal life and business.
Flexibility in the way you work
People, who face the prospect of creating a flexible working environment that works for both their family and their business, often run into problems. They become so excited with the prospect of more freedom they maintain old habits that are outdated.
Flexibility is great, technology is great, but if your organisational ability falls apart you will find even more problems you will have to deal with.
Change yourself, change the culture, change the way you work
If you don’t change your response to the pressures you are feeling now they will only intensify, and you can’t expect others to change. Unless you collaborate, have open dialogue and slow down and learn together, complex challenges will continue to be addressed with old habits.
Slow down now and you will speed up and grow faster, move, further and you will put more purpose and fun into your life than you ever thought possible.
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I find many people tend to stop personal improvement and innovation when the going gets tough, the time when the tough should get up and get going.
You must continue to focus on action orientation for without action nothing much tends to change. While you’re taking action, start to look into innovative ways to overcome your problems and frustrations, one by one according to their priority.
The winners often emerge out of tough times simply because they have experienced the bad and the ugly and have learned to deal with adversity better. They have learned that they must slow down in order to speed up.
Imagine having the vitality you really want. You have restored your vitality and it’s radiating out to the world. You wake up in the morning and you look forward to each day once again.
Complexity doesn’t need to equal trouble. When you slow down to power up, you can cope better and overcome the pressures of complexity, speed and uncertainty and meet the challenges of your changing world.