Einstein once said something to the effect that true genius is holding two seemingly diametrically opposed ideas in your mind at once. In other words paradoxes are the path to genius thinking. Genius thinking helps you accelerate your goal achievement. It will benefit you also by reducing your stress as you feel the neural network that your brain actually is, zing around with new, cool ideas.
So what is an example of a paradox? “Slow down to speed up” is one that I especially like. It’s all about realizing that by slowing down on certain tasks you can actually speed up results. Take relationship building, for example. Don’t push your way into a relationship. Slow down to connect—to make someone feel that you took time to create a connection.
What will you slow down to do this holiday season? How about slowing down to plan your next year? How about then adding the next paradox I will talk about in my next blog which is “start small to grow big.” That’s my Power-of-Ten concept. Think of 10 or fewer people next year you want to spend more time with to “exchange” new business opportunities. They are out there—not the many, but the few. So slow down and look for them.