Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast.
You might have heard this before.
For a SEAL team, it is a mantra. A mantra of control and operation.
That simple phrase programs us to take a 10000 ft view of our plans and operations while also making sure we as a team have our feet firmly on the ground. What is the goal? Never do anything without being able to define what victory is.
What do we need for success?
Tools, vantage points, equipment, support, exfiltration point.
We plan as SEALs. We are given objectives, the execution is up to us, we are on the ground, all of us leaders. Plans change once you come into contact with the enemy. If we did not create the plan how could we suddenly evolve it to meet the needs of the new situation we are faced with.
For civilians how does this translate.
“Slow” is planning and goal setting. Where are you and where do you want to be? Life is a series of journeys. From one point to another. Your career, health, love life, familial relationships. All of them start at one point and you are currently moving along a path.
When was the last time you had a Sit-Rep? (Situational report) Stopped reacting to what life throws at you, took a moment and made a plan. Have a look at your current situation.
Do you know exactly where you are?
If you don't like where you are, how are you going to change it?
Define where you want to go. Make a map, a plan, a guide. You can never hit a target if you are not even looking at it.
“Smooth” translates to the execution of your plan. If you really want to make changes in your life then things will have to change. Less beer, more workouts, different family activities.
I do not know what you are going through but with the creation and execution of a plan I know that you will be able to move quickly and with purpose in the direction of your goals.
“Fast” would be the results you start to experience. I am not only talking about losing weight. There are many studies on the benefits of exercise being more effective than some medications at dealing with depression. I am not saying stop taking your meds.
I am simply pointing out that if people who have been diagnosed with mental conditions gain so much from physical exercise, how much would you gain?
The benefits to your physical and mental health, improved sex life and overall mental well being can all be derived from such a simple source. Exercise. To get the most out of your exercise you need to plan. Time for you to go off and make one.
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