Not long ago a line in a NASCAR movie caught my attention, “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” Had to Google it to see where it came from.
There appear to be a variety of sources getting credit. It’s attributed to Marshal Wyatt Earp and also Medal of Honor Winner Alvin York (from Sgt. York fame). Gunman Doc Holiday said, “Take your time in a hurry.” All three men survived many life-threatening situations by being able to shoot quickly and accurately.
The logic is, of course, that if you slow down a little—if you don’t panic—you are better able to handle the situation. You can focus on the movements or thought processes that lead to success. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.
Marine snipers add a line. They say, “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast and fast is lethal.”
If people who spend most of their time trying to figure out how to stay alive in deadly situations think this works, I’m tryin’ it.
Slow down just a little. You’ll focus more effectively, get more done and keep a lower stress level.
Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.