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About Going Slow
TELL ME ALL ABOUT GOING SLOW
Let us start off by telling you what going slow is NOT all about!
We are not about doing everything slow and getting rid of FAST all together. FAST is still going to be a deliciously delightful part of the fast-paced, high-tech, globalized 21st century that we live in – so don’t worry.
- We need to stop rushing through life so fast that we loose track of ourselves, our own values and what makes common sense. We need to reunite with that inner voice that used to guide us – because without it we tend to make really shitty decisions – both as individuals, parents, entrepreneurs and politicians.
- We need to stop rushing through life applying the same turbo-speed to everything that we do. Certain things are not meant to be rushed (such as raising a child or cooking a nice meal) so we need to get back to doing things at the right speed – and learn to slow down when life really matters.
- We need to stop doing everything at once – constantly multitasking – and instead become more present and mindful, focusing on the now and whatever we have in front of us. Skimming through life on the surface brings very little meaning and leaves us feeling empty and without a purpose. So go slow and dive in!
- We need to slow down and find the energy to get involved with the world that we live in. In today’s pressed-for-time society we barely have the time to get involved with our own lives let alone the neighbor’s. But there are real problems that need to be dealt with and we must all find the time to pitch in.
HOW EXACTLY CAN I BENEFIT FROM SLOWING DOWN?
Well, here is the thing! Practically everything that we do in life can be improved by the simple act of slowing down… including the act of living in itself!
As an individual, going slow will make you:
- less likely to feel overwhelmed by your hectic schedule.
- less stressed out and more energized.
- more receptive and a better listener.
- more anchored, intuitive and connected with your inner voice.
- more mindful, present and “a vital part of life.”
- more considerate, compassionate and kindhearted.
- more likely to eat healthy, sleep better and exercise more.
Ambitious people who learn to do things at the right speed, who set their own pace of life, repeatedly outperform their colleagues in the workplace:
- achieving faster and better results.
- making less mistakes.
- being less sick.
- being more creative, innovative and productive.
- being more capable of handling change
- being more suited to think long term solutions
- being better and more thoughtful leaders.
- being happier overall!
Companies with healthy, happy employees who have a good work-life balance achieve:
- 20% more revenue per employee,
- 16.1% higher market value,
- 57% higher shareholder returns
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that companies save $3 to $6 for every $1 they invest in wellness.
Parents who learn to go slow with their kids can, in a matter of days, replace everyday hectic life with the true joy of parenting, eliminating the usual feelings of stress, guilt, obligation, exhaustion, and feeling rushed
From a parent perspective going slow will help you:
- make you less likely to feel overwhelmed by your everyday hectic life – less stressed out and more energized.
- treasure and remember your moments with your kids instead of having rushed though them.
- make your relationship with them deeper and stronger without necessarily taking more of your time!
- help you prioritize moments of your children’s lives that you simply can’t afford to rush through – moment when you need to be there, to guide, support, and listen!
- make a conscious effort to bring back slow into your children’s everyday busy lives. To encourage them to go slow – to be bored – leaving room for them to figure things out on their own, find their own inner voice and define who they are rather than who you, or the rest of the world, wants them to be.
- make you more creative and productive at work! (After all, it’s no secret that people perform better wherever they are.)
Not feeling guilty about my parent role and knowing how to go slow made me a stronger, happier, more creative and more relaxed human being overall – both at work, with my family and my friends. Trine Grönlund
OKAY, I GET IT! BUT STILL, IS FAST REALLY THAT BAD?
Unfortunately, way too many of us insist on living our lives fast-forwarding into the future…dragging our kids along with us. Slowly but surely we have turned into absentminded, multitasking, parents and individuals with an iphone in one hand and a cappuccino in the other! Yes, we are conscious and passionate and, yes, we sincerely do want to change the world… as long as that doesn’t involve changing ourselves.
Somewhere, in our eager to get the most out of life we might end up getting nothing at all. We’ve managed to run away from ourselves, we’ve lost the connection with that inner voice that used to tell us what was right or wrong and in the process we seem to have lost track of our values, priorities and compassion. And now, unfortunately, that mistake is starting to take a toll on everything from our bodies, minds and spirit to our families, workplaces and the environment.
So yes! Fast is bad. Not always. But way to often. If you can handle it, here is the inconvenient truth about the “illness” of living too fast.
It all began with Slow Food and has since evolved into Slow Travel, Slow Cities, Slow Management, Slow Design… and now, Slow Parenting. Actually yes! Right now, there is a global desire from an increasing number of busy families and individuals around the world to bring “slow” back into their lives in order to reconnect with themselves, their families and the world that they live in.
SLOW PARENTING SOUNDS INTERESTING
Most of us get up in the morning, kiss our kids goodbye, and then get on with our hectic lives: making a career, building businesses, networking, socializing, exercising, fulfilling dreams, changing the world…
Then, before we know it, another week has passed us by. Time has magically (regrettably?) flown by without us having had a chance to really be there for our children.
This is one of the symptoms plaguing parents like us who are raising our kids in a fast- paced, globalized, high tech 21st century, where it seems like “faster is always better.”
In a world moving so fast, it’s becoming harder for us parents to connect with our own inner voice – we seem to have lost track of ourselves, our values and the stuff that really matter to us.
But now thankfully, things are beginning to change as busy families and individuals around the world are fighting to bring back slow into their lives.
BUT DO YOU REALLY THINK WE CAN SLOW DOWN THE WORLD
No! We can’t slow down this world. After all we live in a fast paced 21st century and there is very little we can do about that. But what we can do is slow down our minds. We have the empowering choice AND the liberating ability to slow down our minds and set our own pace in life. And that’s exactly what “going slow” is all about.
IS THAT WHY YOU STARTED THE “GO SLOW” INITIATIVE?
Yes! Through the “Go Slow” initiative we want to remind, inspire and motivate busy parents and individuals, around the world, that the change we are all so desperately looking for lies only in the simple act of shifting our mindset!
Through our awesome initiatives, with like-minded people from around the world, we intend to fight “TIME” poverty in the Western world and bring “slow” back to pressed- for-time, modern families, individuals and workplaces.
I was looking for a change so I changed my mind! Trine Grönlund, Founder
OKAY I TOTALLY LOVE THIS – HOW CAN I BE A PART OF IT?
Awesome! So glad to hear that! Let’s get you started:
- Sign up for a FREE subscription to our weekly “Go Slow” Ecard and get our FREE Ebook: “10 successful ways to GO SLOW today”!
- Hang out with likeminded people in our Facebook community: Give Slow A Chance
- Follow our blog and enjoy SLOW served fresh every weekday morning
- Learn the ins and outs of going slow through our transformative 9-part online video course: Go Slow Family – A mother’s guide to raise happy, conscious and empowered children in the 21st century.
- Book a Go Slow Event for your company or attend some of our open seminars.
- Inspire your company to sign up for our 100 day “Go Slow @ Work” program
- Perhaps you are a SLOW change-maker yourself and would like to initiate a project with us – if so get in touch!