If you are anything like me you like to go forward, press on, get things done. This is the typical Type B personality. Not that there are just two types but let’s let that go for a moment. A Type B person is often not obsessed with the details of the world but rather getting the most out of each moment and then on to the next. However, I have found a downside to this mentality as I tackle some of the larger goals and projects in my life.
The downside to Type B is that I take two steps forward and one step back. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that I’m still moving forward but that one step back kills me. The reason for the one step back is because I fail to take my time, I fail to slow down enough to move forward.
Take for example my keys or wallet. Every day I lose them because I get so excited to move on to the next thing that I toss them in the first spot that looks flat enough to hold them. I am able to get right to work or play with the kids but hours later I waste so much time looking for those two items. If I could just slow down and take the 30 seconds to put them in the correct spot I would have saved hours of my life. I now see that by slowing down I’m actually wasting much less time redoing or correcting for prior errors.
Let’s take this example to fitness. Today I ran to work and back. I could have just run out the door like I normally do with a ‘strike while the iron is hot’ mentality. However, about half way through my typical run I realize I don’t have the right shoes, my headphones are falling out and I never bothered to set up the right playlist. Before I know it, I am stopped dead in my run, retying my shoes, finding the playlist and figuring out how to get my headphones to stay in.
Today I slowed down. I got my audio-book downloaded and set to just the right starting point. I tied my shoes just right and made sure they were comfortable. Chose the ideal shirt and running shorts. Selected the right arm band to fit my phone and made sure my headphones were not going anywhere. I even went back inside to get a sip of water before starting my run. By slowing down and doing things right I ended up with a great run. There was no stopping and a flawless equipment experience that let me enjoy the run. Slowing down made all the difference.
Even though my Type B personality has got me this far I feel that in order to take the next steps in my life I am going to have to take a page out of the A’s book and start planning for success. I have a good feeling that if we type B people slow down and take the time to set ourselves up for success we will end up getting further faster in both our lives and personal fitness.
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