Ever since I started writing in first or second grade, my teachers and parents would tell me that I needed to improve my handwriting by slowing down. I’d try slowing down and my handwriting would look terrible. Their response would be “slow down.” I kept slowing down to the point I stopped. Then I’d get in trouble for not doing my homework.
Not once in my history of education did anyone think that my terrible handwriting was the result of anything other than me writing too fast.
Turns out, everyone was wrong. I decided to scientifically analyze my own handwriting and there are a multitude of problems. One of the biggest issues is that I’m focusing on the next letter while I write the one I’m on, thereby not giving enough attention to the form of the letter I should be attending to.
Furthermore, my pen would always end towards the beginning of the next letter, like a hybrid cursive and printed font.
The solution: deliberately focusing on the letters I’m writing and being more intentional with my writing. Slowing down just makes me write slower, but being intentional is where solutions lie. This can be taken into all aspects of our lives. “Taking a step back” or “slowing down” are just ways of telling us to analyze and be intentional in our actions.
This can really apply in the business world. A lot of people just keep running without any reflection. A day every month to reflect can increase your productivity by massive amounts. The same is true with having a written plan. Some people think a business plan is a massive undertaking, but if you’re making it just for you, it doesn’t have to follow any specific format or contain any information beyond what you need it to.
The takeaway from this story is that you should be intentional with your actions and it will lead to the greater results you’re looking for. This is the new perspective that will launch you into success.