“Go Slow to Go Fast”. This was the advice given to me by a wise mentor many years ago. I had funnily enough received similar feedback prior to this, but this time it was articulated so simply and clearly that it caused me to have that beautiful “ah-ha!” moment.
I had invited my mentor to come and spend a day observing me. I woke up that morning excited and slightly nervous. I had a full day lined up to show her some the projects I was involved in, I had scheduled some influential meetings, and basically jam-packed the day. As the day drew to a close, I was beginning to be filled with an excited anticipation of how proud she would be of me, and what she advice and feedback I would get at our debrief.
“The advice I would like to give you, Amanda, is ‘Go Slow to Go Fast,'” she told me. What! “Now look at all you are doing and how well you fit it all in– well done!” In all honesty, however, she managed to cut right through to the real place that I was dwelling, the land of the overwhelmed, ineffective and busy. Not the ideal state of flow at all.
Reflecting on that time in my career it reminds me of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:39-42. Mary had her priorities right and was sitting in a place of rest at the feet of Jesus while Martha was running around busy and stressed missing the real point. Both sisters had beautiful intentions. However, only one of the sister’s execution was spot on.
Oh how I have changed, thank goodness. I have learned how to scale back and live the disciplines of execution by keeping my widely important goals in front of me. With such an “excitable” personality, I tend to want to get involved in everything. ‘Go slow to Go fast’ requires discipline and will be a lifelong journey for me– But it’s getting easier!
If you can identify with this, then my advice would be to really reflect on the core reason you find yourself in this ineffective trap. In my own reflection I felt I had to prove myself, I had to shine that much more than anyone else, I had to strive in my own strength to make things happen– The use of my gifts was solely on my shoulders.
I had not fully received the revelation of God’s grace over my gifting and looking to Jesus as my source and supply. I have since rededicated my hand of work to the Lord, letting go in the knowledge that a man’s gift makes room for him (Prov 18:16 KJV) and his favour lasts a lifetime (Ps 30:5 NIV). My promotion, advancement and use of gifts has even less to do with me than I currently think.
I would encourage everyone to be still and know that he is God. Scale back if needed, be faithful in the small you will be all the much more effective for it.