I first heard this clever phrase a couple of years ago from someone. I don’t remember who but I wish I did so I could give that person credit. I heard it again from some bad ass military guys I worked with about a year ago. Very cool, very humble and very sarcastic men. They joked around with me while I was packing their parachutes because they thought I was packing them rather fast but actually I was packing them slow. After all the jokes and sarcastic comments being fired, I asked them about that phrase and they told me about it from a military standpoint, so it pretty much stuck with me after that.
So what does this mean? Well, it means that sometimes, when you try to rush things, you are more counterproductive than if you had taken your time right from the get go. This phrase is military oriented but you can incorporate it into your everyday life.
I like to think of every day starting out with an imaginary funnel above my head. The experiences that are available to me that day flow through that funnel but it’s up to me how I approach everything throughout the day.
The funnel allows ideas, creativity, sweet surprises and even some shitty ones to flow into our daily life. But once you try to go gung ho towards something when it’s not meant to be that way, you either knock that funnel out of alignment or you close off the flow. This causes all the other experiences that are wanting to flow though, become distorted from their natural flow and then turn into an unnecessary shit show.
This is not to say that the rest of your day will end up being one big shit show right after the next. We all have the free will to change things around at any moment by reminding ourselves to slow down and then move forward in a more slow, smooth and steady approach, like snipers. They don’t play around, they know what’s up.