Why Slowing Down Can Make You More Successful

The growing popularity of “hustle” and its idea of working tirelessly until reaching the desired goal, has taken over. People are now flaunting their lack of sleep, overflowing schedules, and endless hours in front of a screen. While the thought of busyness might be valuable to some, there’s an even bigger benefit to slowing down.

It might seem counterproductive at hindsight but slowing down has actually been proven to help people reach more success than those self-proclaimed hustlers. Below are three ways slowing down can help you reach success faster.

Gain clarity

One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to be more intentional, and I’ve found that one of the best ways to achieve that is to have clarity. I’ve always enjoyed being busy. Whether it’s helping others, starting new projects, or completing tasks at home, I love being of service and feeling useful. However, things took a left turn when I found myself feeling burnout and confused about my direction in life.

Slowing down has helped me live a more intentional and purposeful life. It’s helped me look within and discover what success truly means to me.

Increase productivity

Hustling usually involves a lot of multi-tasking. An operating method where a person usually performs more than one task at the same time. Sound productive, right? Wrong! It’s been proven that focusing on one project at a time is far more productive than multi-tasking, a method that can take up more time, energy, and focus in the long run.

By slowing down, you allow your mind to focus on fewer things at one time. Making it easier to concentrate and complete tasks in a timely manner.

Celebrate wins

One of the reasons success is so hard to come by is because we’re constantly moving the target without celebrating all the bullseyes. We’re moving so fast in life that an accomplished goal is old news by the time we get to it. We belittle our achievements and beat ourselves up for not meeting our expectations.

Slowing down allows you to not only enjoy the journey but also celebrate the accomplishment once you’ve arrived at your desired destination.