I talk all the time about having clarity of your goals and how important it is to take action every day that gets you closer to the goal. But here’s the thing: slowing down is the key to actually reaching your goals faster.

Many of us, myself included, have fallen into the trap of hustle culture. We believe that forcing ourselves, fueled by sheer willpower, is the path to success. But this approach is a recipe for burnout and disappointment. Why? Because when we take action from a place of force, we’re disconnected from our internal guidance. We start tons of projects, thrash around with activity, and end up achieving very little. And then beating ourselves about it. It’s a lose-lose situation.

Speed DOES NOT always equal success. According to a McKinsey Health survey, a quarter of employees across 15 countries experienced burnout symptoms. And can tell you from personal experience it is NOT fun and once you’re there it takes a long time to get out, emotionally, and physiologically.

Shifting Gears: From Frantic to Focused 

The real power lies in slowing down and going deeper. When you slow down and reconnect with your intentions, your BIG WHY and the next step, there’s a big energy shift. It’s compelling and it’s a pull instead of a push. And this pull takes you much further and the journey is more fun when you’re enjoying yourself. Here’s the magic that happens when you do this:

⛰️ Connect with Your Compass: By slowing down, you create space to listen to your intuition and your creativity. This inner wisdom guides you towards what truly matters, your values and your purpose. Your creativity guides you with problem-solving. Often, the obstacle IS THE way ☄️

⚡️Action with Intention: Once you’re clear on your direction, you can take intentional action. This is a complete shift from the scattered activity of hustle culture. Intentional action is focused, and powerful, and gets you closer to your goals far quicker.

🧘‍♀️ Calm in the Chaos: Slowing down allows you to move from a state of frantic uncertainty to a place of calm commitment. This mental clarity fuels your energy and keeps you motivated for the long haul.

Saying No to Say Yes to What Matters 

When you’re caught in the speed trap, it’s easy to fall prey to the “yes monster”. You say yes to everything that comes your way, regardless of whether it aligns with your goals or not. This leads to overwhelm and confusion. By slowing down, you gain the power to say no to distractions and focus on what truly matters.

It’s important that you meet yourself where you are now. By accepting the situation, you allow your creativity to enter and problem-solve. By showing yourself compassion and understanding you create a different energy and space to operate from and make important decisions.

Embrace the power of slowing down. It’s the counterintuitive approach that will get you where you want to go faster, with more focus, and a whole lot less stress. 

This article was written by Bruna Ali, a passionate fellow mama who helps women find their mojo in life and career after kids. Bruna has 15 years of experience in senior HR corporate roles, an education in Psychology and is a qualified career and life coach. She is passionate about helping people design a life that fills them with purpose and happiness. You can get in touch with Bruna at: www.brunaali.com