We stand in a line somewhere and we are impatient for our turn to come. We decide to go on a journey somewhere and we are eager to reach our destination. This rush, this impatience, this eagerness also reflects in us strongly when it comes to achieving our goals and dreams. Afterall who doesn’t want to achieve results fast? But in these past few months I have been trying to embrace slow growth and I happen to be more at ease and peace.
In the past there were many things I started and many things I gave up midway. Now reflecting upon the reason I realise it was because my thoughts were always centred upon the end result. Constantly thinking about how long it is going to take me to reach there, I gave up altogether.
But what if we didn’t focus on the end result at all? There would be no need to rush. You would then only simply enjoy the process and notice the little changes that take place slowly.
Embracing slow growth deliberately does this. I have now stopped focusing on the end result. It will come when it will come. But meanwhile I will only focus on the process, on the system that will help me reach where I want to.
I have written a previous post Go slow if you want to grow where I share the 3 essential reminders for everyone in their personal growth journey, but here in this post I want to tell you what little changes I saw in myself and what you too will see when you embrace slow growth.
1. Slow growth allows you to be a beginner:
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We often don’t even try something new or even if we do we constantly fear it won’t be ‘the best’. Aiming for perfection we don’t allow ourselves to be a beginner and nothing stalls our progress more than this constant imagination of ‘the best’.
Of course there’s nothing wrong in thinking about being ‘the best’, we all want to be.. but don’t let it stop you from doing and trying out your good.
Your good is as good as best and I want to remind you that the good that you do in reality is far more superior than the perfect you conceive in your head.
Always remember, ‘done is better than perfect’
2. Slow growth allows you to expand, make mistakes and learn:
We think we need to have everything figured out, that we need to know everything since the beginning, do everything the best way and start applying right away but we won’t ever learn if we don’t make mistakes.
I know this might be the most cliche line told. Everybody knows this. But do we really keep this in mind?
When we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes and try to go by all the rules and try to do everything the way it should go or has to go, don’t you think we are constraining ourselves? We limit ourselves from learning more, from seeing what might happen if we do something and if we don’t.
But when you embrace slow growth, you don’t fix yourselves to a time limit. There is no time limit actually. And as you start going by this attitude, you will inevitably make mistakes, but thats how you will grow, learn and expand.
3. Slow growth allows you to trust yourself:
With slow growth because you stop rushing, because you stop fixing your eyes on the end result, because you focus more on the process, it allows you to actually grow and you begin to trust yourself more.
Because you give yourself ample time, you become kind towards yourself and towards your journey. You are not impatient. You know you will reach there. You trust yourself enough. You embrace slow growth because you trust yourself and because you trust yourself, you embrace slow growth.
4. Slow growth allows you to enjoy the journey:
Lastly, slow growth allows us to do something we tend to entirely miss out, that is, embrace the journey. By embracing slow growth however, by not focusing on the end result, by not limiting yourself to a time limit, you instead focus on the process, on the journey.
When you embrace slow growth you allow yourself to experiment, to learn, to not be hard on yourself and you remove unnecesary pressure. So just keep going and embrace the journey. Take photos maybe and note down your struggles, your learnings, your successes and failures. They will all be your invaluable assets when you get there.
It doesn’t matter how fast you reach where you want to go, what matters is what you have learned along the way.
And lastly, like Miley says in her song, ‘the climb’
There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
Have a great week ahead!
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