Slow Down To Go Faster

by Daniel Batten on January 4, 2012

When I was 19 I rode a motorbike. Then I did this course where we rode around a real racetrack. After ½ an hour, Richard our riding instructor said “Get up to 100kph, then brake as hard as you can. So I did. He told me “It took you 44 meters. Daniel, you are a danger to yourself and others. Let’s show you how to brake properly.”

By the time he’d finished I was getting up to 100kph and braking in just 19 meters.

Then just as I was starting to feel good about my achievement, he said “Back on the track, let’s time you again.”  That good feeling evaporated. I knew that with all that braking I’d have caught “slow-disease”. Anyhow, I did another lap. And there was Richard, beaming. “7 seconds faster”. Couldn’t believe it.

By learning to slow down, I’d learnt to speed up.


Well, because I could slow down more effectively, I could accelerate up each straight for longer. That meant I spent more time at a higher speed, and in more control too.

In life, that whirring engine is your mind; the “track” is your outer world of activity. When you learn to slow down – not only do you make life less anxious for yourself and others; your performance improves “on the track.”

This year, stop trying to do more; start mastering how to slow down. This is the secret to gaining more success and less stress at the same time.

Happy new year.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Simon Harvey January 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thanks for sharing this Daniel. Just what I needed to remind me of my goals for 2012. Hopefully we’ll catch up at some point again this year. All the best wishes…

monica January 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Nice one Daniel..just as i was planning to put my Planner(2012) on the wall and write up things on it ,your article has helped me put things in perspective : )

Feli August 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

Great.. great article, great book (just finished the 6 secrets), great person you are! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and confirming the same insight I had about slowing down, especially this year amidst confusion and (so perceived) total chaos. Much love from Berlin 🙂

Maisson October 26, 2015 at 3:58 am

I very much agree.I attended one of your wokrshops & can say that you gave me very clear directions & pointers on how to start creating a personal brand that is consistent all across the board. We tend to be all things to everyone & make our brand a complex web of ideas that does not stick. In an economy like this one, it is all the more important that we stand out. That can only happen if your message is simple, clear & concise, so you can be memorable.

Daniel Batten December 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

great to hear. I’m curious to know which workshop that was!

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