Go Fast to Go Slow
Go Slow to Go Fast. This was the advice given to me by a wise mentor many years ago. Funnily enough, I had received similar feedback prior but this time, it was articulated so simply and clearly that it caused me to have that beautiful ‘lightbulb’ moment.
I had invited my mentor to come and spend a day observing me. I woke up that morning excited and slightly nervous. I had a full day lined up to show her some of the projects that I was involved in. I had scheduled some influential meetings and basically completely jam-packed the day. As the day drew to a close I was beginning to be filled with an excited anticipation of how proud she would be of me and what advice and feedback I would get at our debrief.
‘The advice I would like to give you from today Amanda is: Go Slow to Go Fast’.
What!? Not ‘look at all you are doing... how do you fit it all in? Well done’!?! In all honesty however, she managed to cut right through to the real place that I was dwelling; the land of the overwhelmed, ineffective and busy. Not the ideal state of flow at all.
Reflecting on that time in my career reminds me of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:39-42. Mary had her priorities right and was sitting in a place of rest at the feet of Jesus while Martha was running around busy and stressed while missing the real point. Both sisters had beautiful intentions however only one of the sisters’ execution was spot on.
Things have changed thank goodness. I have learned how to scale back and live the disciplines of execution by looking only to a couple of key goals and taking more time to be quiet. Go Slow to Go Fast requires discipline and will be a lifelong journey for me that is thankfully getting easier.
If you can identify with this then my advice would be to really reflect on the core reason you find yourself in this ineffective trap of busyness. In my own reflection I felt I had to prove myself. I had to shine. I had to strive in my own strength to make things happen; the use of my gifts was solely on my shoulders. I had not fully received the revelation of God’s grace over my life and was not looking to Jesus as my source and supply.
I would encourage everyone to be still and know that He is God. Scale back if needed. Be faithful in the small and you will be all the more effective for it.