Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Hello and happy Friday everyone.  Today I wanted to share an article that’s a little different from my regular posts.  Achieving Your Objectives: Starting Slow In Order to Go Fast written by Thuy & Milo Sindell, shares some really helpful ideas on goal achievement.  While this article speaks more specifically to business or professional success, I think there is also some application to emotional health goal achievement.

In the first part of the article the authors talk about the importance of taking time to gather information before charging full-steam ahead in tackling a project.  I think that in the same way, when your desire is to achieve an emotional health goal, such as decreasing your anxiety, it can be helpful to take some time to understand it first.  Learn about how the anxiety is impacting you, when it’s showing-up and what it’s doing.  Knowing this and more will help you be able to create a plan unique to your individual needs.

The authors also talk about the importance of tempering your emotions.  Sometimes being overly excited about a new idea can cause one to act impulsively and miss possible challenges as you get further into the project.  In the same way with our emotional health, if we allow our emotions to overwhelm us, we may engage in impulsive behaviors that we wouldn’t otherwise if we were in a more balanced place.  For example, if you are upset with your partner, it’s often best to wait until the heat of your emotions of upset die down before addressing the issue.  That way you increase the odds of being able to identify and address your actual concerns and find a resolution.

Lastly the authors talk about the importance of pacing yourself.  Think marathon instead of sprint.  When we want to develop new emotional health management habits slow and steady really does win the race.  All habits take time to develop.  If our goal is lasting change, then taking things slow will help us better manage our energy reserves. It also allows us to work through the barriers that are getting in the way of us living the way we want to right now.

I encourage you to read the article here as well as use the ideas in this post as a way to think about how you can continue to work on reaching your emotional health goals.

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