April 21st, 2009
Replies continue to come in about the subject of speed.
One of the best is a John Wooden quote, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
Another one from Bob Proctor, “Don’t slow down. Calm down.”
When it comes to the question of overwhelm, it’s amazing how many people feel confused or out of balance after attending a seminar wherein a ton of new ideas got tossed around.
A few years back I told a group, “If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a simple reason. All you’re doing is taking in information. But you’re not DOING anything with the information. You need to strike a balance. Study – then do. Study some more – then do. You haven’t learned anything until you do something with it.”
The concept was totally foreign to many of the people I spoke to. They thought that learning and doing were the same thing.
Not in the world of the creative.
Creators understand that you don’t know anything until you can use it and apply it. Reciting what you supposedly know is not demonstrating that you can apply it. Big difference.
In school you learn to memorize and recite. That’s not learning. Nor is it real thinking.
Thinking involves asking yourself questions – and coming up with answers. It also involves doing something with what you learn.
I’ll never forget how shocked the audience I spoke to was when I explained how I read a “how to” book – or go through a “how to” course.
I read the first chapter or lesson – then I stop reading and start doing.
Then I read the next lesson. Then I stop reading and start doing.
Such a simple formula. It’s not hurried. But boy is it quick.
Meanwhile, those who read the whole book or course and do nothing – get nothing but overwhelm.
They hurried through the book – and got nothing out of it.
Now, does this mean I’m against speed reading. Not at all.
I believe learning how to read fast is one of the most important skills you can have. But even when you read fast, the key lies in being relaxed and focused. You breathe deeply as you read.
This is yet another example of being able to go fast – even when you’re not hurrying.
Frantically rushing is the enemy. Going slower can often be quicker. Being relaxed increases speed.
You can make haste slowly and get there faster, if you’ll relax and breathe.
And if this message is overwhelming, get up and move. Be quick – but don’t hurry.
P.S. When you study the world famous Zero Resistance Living Program don’t just read the lessons. Do them. It’ll make all the difference in the world to you.