These three variables are similar to our life's journey and the way we choose to travel at a given pace. Unfortunately, we we aren't regularly watching our speedometer we could find ourselves in a heap of trouble indeed.
Why are you in a hurry? How many times a day are we bombarded with messages or statements beckoning; 'act now', 'don't miss this', 'time waits for no one', 'snooze and you lose', 'action required now', 'fast -track to success', etc. As people buzz, scurry, and whiz around and past us it is very easy to get caught up in their fervor, zeal, passion, and urgency. You find that your inertia is pulled and pushed to keep up with their pace - much like an impatient tailgater behind you, hurrying you along. Check your pulse and look at your speedometer. You are speeding! Trust in the universe - if you are meant to get to a destination, you will get there - even if you are 'late' - but not if you meet your demise due to speeding.
Are you built for high speed? At the time I got the above ticket, I was driving an old Hyundai Sonata which vibrated and jerked anytime I pushed it above 70mph. Its limited horsepower and needed repairs meant that it could only do so much at the time. Similarly, as we journey, we may have limitations to what we can do financially, physically, professionally, or emotionally until we acquire the resources, energy, education, and skills to progress to our next phase of prosperity. An essential character trait for a serious-minded person in growth-mode is humility - recognizing one's limitations. Being patient with the process of development and presenting ourselves for opportunities of introspection and improvement will increase our chances of success to prevent breakdown or ruination when we desire to increase our pace.
If you're riding solo are you self-disciplined? While I was driving on that road it seemed that I was not getting anywhere and I was momentarily uncomfortable with my solitude so I unknowingly increased my speed. On occasion, you may be alone while in pursuit of your goals which may be gratifying to some and frightening to others. While many business strategists wisely caution against operating in a silo and being disconnecting from essential resources, it is a reality that you will periodically encounter situations that you must face on your own and without consensus, focus group, consultation, peers, or partners. Like a driver alone on a road, self-discipline demands that you are watchful of signage and indication that you are in danger of travelling at a risky pace when you don't always have the advantage of being 'told' right or wrong.
In today's fast-paced world, some consider it lethargy, laziness or unambitious when people opt to pause or slow down. Some unwisely compare their pace to others who have circumstances, abilities, and background vastly different than their own. The course of wisdom is to be focused on your own rhythm, purpose and pace, check your speedometer and enjoy the journey.
"If you are in a hurry you will never get there." - Chinese Proverb
© 2012 Da-Nel Euwings