There is a song by musical group Alabama. Its title is “I’m in a Hurry to Get Things Done”. The song begins with the following:
I’m in a hurry to get things done Oh, I rush and rush until life’s no fun All I really gotta do is live and die Even I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.
There is no doubt that we are in a hurry up world. Between emails, texts, phone calls, zoom calls, face to face meetings, work and just doing the basics of taking care of ourselves and others there is excessive strain. What happens when the body and mind are subject to excessive strain? The tension, the worry and the feeling that we must continue to run the race of life at a high-speed wear us out mentally, emotionally and physically.
Hurrying and running all the time has an adverse effect on your health. In my personal business coaching practice in Houston, I encounter the debilitating effect of always being in a hurry with several of my clients. One of the things we collaborate on is how they can slow down.
To an “on the go” businessperson, the phrase “slow down” is threatening and an implicit condemnation of how they are conducting their business and life. What slow down is addressing is that one must take time to do the following, reflect, evaluate and then respond. One must pause. The final component is that one must find adequate rest.