June 21, 2018

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You Have to Slow Down to Achieve More

"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently." --Agnes DeMille

It has become clear to me as I have endeavored to reduce stress in my life, that the quality of my work is much higher now than it used to be. It seemed counter-intuitive to me to slow down in order to achieve more but I have found it to be a remarkable paradox. I was once the queen of multi-tasking. I have the ability to spin many plates in the air and somehow manage to keep most of them going. Sound familiar?

I used to take great pride in my ability to over achieve. I often heard myself say things like "I work better under pressure" or "I need deadlines to keep me motivated." And it was true. I realize now that "working better" actually meant "working more" and not necessarily "better". I did get a lot done and I loved to be the hero. But, I also smashed a few plates in the process. I was always running late. I often ate poorly. I exercised rarely and I lived in an almost constant state of stress.

Since that time I have endeavored to slow down and to work with focus instead of frenzy. What I have come to learn is this:

Multi-tasking and overworking are often quick-fixes driven by our need to see rapid results. And sometimes they do help us get things done - but at what cost in the long run? What we often don't let ourselves think about is how damaging the effects of our lifestyle can be on our overall productivity, health and vitality. Keeping ourselves "on the edge" effectively keeps your adrenaline levels ready for fight or flight. Prolonged high stress levels link directly to diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. On top of the risks to your health, it is likely that while living this way you are also producing less than your best quality of work AND living a watered down quality of life.

If you want success, true success -personal and professional- think of how much more you can contribute to the world when you are sane, focused, relaxed and healthy. I invite you to consider finding some ways of slowing your life down in order bring back the quality.

If this article resonates with you, please put "slow down" at the top of your to-do list. You will thank yourself in twenty years.

-Deirdre McEachern
Deirdre McEachern’s passion for life is translated into helping her clients achieve their dreams. Deirdre walked away from the high stress world of high-tech and undertook a complete career change. She now loves her work as an entreprenuer and personal coach. Deirdre’s coaching specialty is helping people attain satisfaction in their careers and lives just as she did. She believes stongly that everyone can find a career which they enjoy, expresses their passion and uses their natural talents. You can contact Deirdre at
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