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Those of you who know me know that I’m a self-proclaimed “Tortoise.” I’m ambitious, and even a little driven, but . . . I’m not a high-energy person, and that’s often frustrating when I have a lot of things I want to accomplish.
I’ve written books and done classes on “Being a Tortoise in a World of Hares.” I have lots of strategies for dealing with “Tortoise-ness.” It all sounds cute on paper, but when I’m having a Bad Tortoise Day, it’s still tough. Here’s how I handle it:
As you may have guessed, this is not how I’m advising you to handle it!
We tend to think that the person who wrote the self-help book has it all together. The truth is, the challenge continues. I’ve gotten better at prevention, but I still have my Bad Tortoise Days. The difference is that I get over beating myself up a lot more quickly (I’ve got it down to a few seconds!), and I have a lot of strategies to handle it. Here are a few:
If you’re a Tortoise like me, it’s something you need to learn to live with. Sure, it’s frustrating not having the energy to do all the things you’d love to do. But by making good choices, and being gentle with yourself, you can actually accomplish a lot more than you thought you could. And you’ll come out of it feeling revitalized, rather than exhausted.
Where in your life do you need to slow down? Once you’ve identified the area, take it a step at a time. If you’re working too hard, for example, cut back just half an hour a day to start, or choose just one day to leave work at 5. The fear is that things will fall apart if you don’t work so hard, but I bet you they don’t!
“Lasting accomplishment . . . is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline.”
“Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
“The much-maligned midday nap can be profoundly rejuvenating. Some corporations have even found that the productivity of their employees goes up when they are allowed to nap.”
“Slow and steady wins the race.”
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