Sometimes you need to slow down, to speed up!

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. ~Mario Andretti

In order for you to understand this week’s tip, I will need you to do this small and simple exercise, you don’t need to move from where you are right now, just close your eyes and imagine for a second the following:

You’re going for a run… >> You’re Holding some weight while you’re running >> You’ve been running for a while >> it’s getting hot and you’re sweaty and getting tiered….

Now what will happen next??  

After a while, can you continue speeding up? I guess not!!

I guess at most of the times, we are too afraid that if we stop we may lose the capacity of keep going and don’t realize that from time to time, we really need to let go and take some time for our selves, to relax and then we’ll get back up and continue whatever we were doing before!

Like an old story I heard a long time ago, and did try it and recite it over and over in my seminars and even included it in one of my books; About the professor who asked his students while holding a cup of water,

How Heavy is the Cup of Water?

And while some tried to match the weight of water in ML with Grams and started giving different values and answers… The Professors simply said:

“It Depends on how long I hold it!”

If I held the cup of water for 5 minutes, then it’s not so heavy… But I wouldn’t   feel the same one hour later… and 4-5 hours later.. I wouldn’t be able to Lift my hand from pain of holding this half full cup of water!

The Professor was talking about Stress Management, and how important it is for us to remove the burden that we keep holding even for a small while and relax and then get back to carry it again… only this time, it will be lighter 🙂

Have a nice week!


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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project


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