A Question of Pace

Sometimes I have noticed that it isn’t that the ‘wrong’ things are happening, simply that they are either happening too fast or too slow for us.  I’m not sure which is more challenging.  Too slow and we get impatient and try to force things to happen; too fast and we go into overwhelm.  Dealing with Change is a much a matter of getting the pace right as much as the sequence.

Champion athletes are lucky enough to have access  to a pace setter, we don’t have this luxury, so we have to master the twin arts of waiting patiently, and the stress of handling it when it comes at us from every direction at the same time.  I think one key is trust.  Trusting the Universe to give us what we need, and trusting our own ability to handle what it chucks at us.  After all, as Nietzsche observed “that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

At the moment I seem to be having to deal with both extremes at the same time!  Some elements are  just taking forever to work out and I find myself wondering if I have, somehow, got it wrong; and at the same time, the other day I was inundated in a sh1tstorm of epic proportions!  And today, the pendulum seems to have swung back to its middle position. 

Do you have any helpful strategies in dealing with the pace when it gets out of hand?

“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.”   Donald Miller


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2 Responses to “A Question of Pace”

  1. Ron Davidson says:

    There is also another aspect to this.

    It is a kind of asynchronous effect.

    As a practitioner, your intervention could be ahead of its time. In this case, the client will not necessarily understand why you offer this intervention – the respective contexts are different.

    I’ve fallen for this myself with some hard and unpleasant experiences. I wasn’t able to find the pace. Possibly worse – I wasn’t able to help build the context with the client and that might have cost both of us.

    I’d rather not go to the other extreme.

    Is there something there that helps?


  2. I am very aware of getting to far out front of the field Ron. I certainly experienced this about 13 years ago when I set up I-Change and the market just didn’t exist then. I also expereince it in social situations too. The interevention must not on ly be the right one but the right one at the right time.

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