Slow Is Smooth and Smooth Is Fast

Jul 24 2019


I love this phrase. It’s from the U.S. Navy Seals. It’s a reminder that the best way to move fast in a professional setting is to take your time, slow down, and do the job right. Start with a deep breath.Take another. Consider your options. And then move. Slow, smooth, fast.

I examine the topic of moving slowly in my latest Forbes article, where I give tips for working with intention and calm to maximize your day.

I think we all face the temptation to move hyper-quickly at work. It’s the nature of the business world. It moves rapidly. But that doesn’t mean you need to. In fact, I would argue that the best thing you can do to increase your productivity is to slow down. This will not only help you make sound, high-impact decisions it will help you maintain emotional balance and keep you from burning out.

But don’t just take it from me. Take it from the Seals. They do the most dangerous things in the world and they take things slow. If they can find time to pause and reflect in their line of work, so can you.