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Slow Down

Come on, hurry up or we are going to be late! When was the last time those words put you in a good mood? Never!



One day ends, as the next begins, but we can barely remember what happened yesterday.

Hurrying = Stress

Increased levels of stress, usually lead to making bad decisions. There is an old Amish saying,


“The hurrier you go, the behinder you get.”


Slow down. Value your time and make the most of it. None of us needs more stress in our lives.


All hurrying does is lead to more debt...


The Debt Numbers Don’t Lie

About 80% of Americans are carrying some kind of debt.


Percent of each generation in debt:

  • 80.9% of baby boomers

  • 79.9% of Gen Xers

  • ​81.5% of millennials


These statistics are insane!


If these numbers are anywhere close to being accurate, something must change.


Live Like a Spaniard

Spaniards are known for being habitually late. It’s amazing, they do not hurry for anyone or anything.


Maybe, that is one reason why Spain has the highest life expectancy with an average age of 83 years. What do you think, does it pay-off to slow down?


Creating Good Habits

Thankfully, we are wired to improve and to learn from our mistakes. Change comes from creating good habits to replace bad habits.


And the best part is, good habits take the same amount of time as bad habits. It’s all a frame of mind.


Embrace a Slow Life

Over the summer, I went on a three-month bicycle ride across Europe. On my handlebars, I wrote, “SLOW DOWN”.

​Pretty funny, huh?


My goal was to cycle across twelve countries within the three months of summer, and my motivation to myself was “SLOW DOWN.”


The words ‘Slow Down’ tell me to stop and think about what I am doing with my life. They tell me to take joy in the small things and to be happy to be alive.

Stop Rushing to Your Death

When you are hurrying, you are only hurrying to your death.




Your life actually becomes one big blur and life speeds by before your eyes. When you slow down, your life becomes longer and you have more time to enjoy it.


Take time each day to meditate and think about what you are doing with your life. Happiness is what gives life meaning. Think about how to create more happiness in your life and then take time each day to enjoy your happiness.



Action Item: Wake up 15 minutes early to meditate and to do 100 jumping jacks. Take the time you need to prepare yourself for the rest of the day. Meditating puts your mind in a positive frame of mind and the jumping jacks prime your body for the day.


Reading Material:

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield



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