What is your pace of life? What pace of life stresses you out? What pace of life makes you feel great? I believe we all have a Personal Speed Limit and when we live our lives according to that speed limit we think clearer, are more productive, make fewer mistakes, feel more creative, and can live our best.
Within the past year, I have been asking myself why I like to take things slow, steady, and methodical. Why is it that I don’t enjoy moving at a fast pace? A somewhat silly example of this is when I purchased my road bicycle this time last year. I was told that I would go so much faster on this bike and that I would love it. It’s true that I have the capability to go much faster, especially in comparison to my very heavy mountain bike, but I quickly realized I have no desire to go faster. I will never forget the first time I was able to get it out on a ride by myself. I thought to myself; I am going to go as fast and hard as I can to experience this new fast pace. What I found out was that even though I had the capability to go faster, I still did not have the desire to ride faster. I thought “this fast stuff is not what it is all cracked up to be.” I then slowed down, found a pace I enjoyed and I felt great. My speed on my bike and in my life is a slower steady speed, and since I have discovered this, my life has changed in some important ways.
- My pace in life feels right. I have known for a while that I do not like to be rushed in the morning. When I am rushed, my stress rises, and I cannot think straight. I usually end up walking out the door without my coffee, lunch or cell phone. Ever been there? I have learned that if I get up a little earlier, give myself plenty of time for my morning routine, I start my day with much more peace and calm. Now, that is what works for me. The question is, what works for you? What makes you feel good? Do you love to hit the ground running? Do you feel energized by getting out the door quickly and on with your day? My husband gets up and is ready to go, and that’s how he loves it. When you discover your personal speed limit, it will feel right.
- My pace in life gives me energy and does not drain me. I was just recently working in my yard and I had a good amount of work to do in a relatively short period of time. My tendency was to push myself to go faster, but the moment I did, I started to feel worn out. I decided I was going to work at my personal speed limit, which is slow and steady, and see if I could still get the task completed in the time allowed. What I found was; I got it done, felt great and had energy left over. As you try to discover your personal speed limit, try working both physically and mentally at different speeds and find what gives you energy, what feels great.
- My pace in life allows my mind to be more creative and make fewer mistakes. I enjoy quilting. Well, certain aspects of quilting. As I was working on my most recent project, I again decided to be intentional about working at my perfect speed. I impressed myself! I felt more creative in how I was going to sew all of the pieces together and I finished it without having to use my seam ripper once. You have to realize that there have been some quilts that I have taken apart more because of my mistakes than I had sewn together. This time I worked at my perfect speed. When we work at our perfect pace, I believe our mind is working at the speed that comes natural. Therefore, we will come up with new creative ways of doing things and make fewer mistakes.
- I have learned to love myself more, appreciate the fact that I have a Personal Speed Limit and that my pace of life is perfect for me. I used to think that I needed to be like everyone else. Certainly our culture tells us that we need to go faster and faster every day. Well, faster and faster does not work for me, in fact it just stresses me out. I have learned what pace is right for me and I have learned that my pace is what is best for my life. I have more peace, calm, creativity and energy and that is what I want for you as well.
I hope someday I can put together an assessment tool for you to be able to easily identify your Personal Speed Limit, but for now I encourage you to pay attention to the times you feel good and the times you feel stress. Ask yourself if you are moving at the Speed Limit that is best for you. Experiment, learn and start to live at the pace that is perfect for you. Here’s to living our best, going the Speed Limit!