If you want to accelerate your growth, you need to slow down.

People will not remember how fast you accomplished something. They will remember how well you did it, and how you made them feel when you were doing it. This is an old axiom that a colleague of mine shared many years ago. It remains true today.

In spite of all the talk about digital transformation, and increasing the speed of innovation, it’s still important to step back, and review the bigger picture from time to time. 

In order to obtain peak production, grapevines need 150 days below 45°F so they can enjoy a period of dormancy. Here in southwestern Michigan, this is not a problem. In fact, we have the opposite concern about our winters; yet we still produce some amazing wines. This need for a dormant period is the primary reason grapes do not do well in tropical climates. They need time to rest.

I knew an executive who worked nonstop like the Energizer Bunny. He was always onto the next thing, and never gave pause to his overall mission and purpose. He became easily distracted, and this severely limited his success.

Call to action:

Be sure to build in some rest time in your schedule. Use this time to read a book, thoughtfully write in a journal, or meditate. I like to schedule two hours a week for this, and sometimes I don’t think that’s enough.

How do you regenerate? What do you do to rest – besides sleep? How do you spend your down time? Please add to the discussion on LinkedIn.

Dedicated to fueling your growth,

Steve

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