Slow Down to Speed Up: Unpacking the Navy Seals' Philosophy for Success

By Victor Macias,

Published on May 5, 2023   —   1 min read

Photo by Dave Hoefler / Unsplash

The Navy Seals have a saying, "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast." This principle not only applies on the battlefield but in everyday life as well. The concept suggests that in order to make real progress (grow, scale, speed up), it's essential to first slow down and focus on effectiveness.

"Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions." - Tim Ferriss

When we rush, we often waste energy without making meaningful progress (What you do is more important than how much you do). Slowing down allows us to focus on what truly matters for our business, relationships, or personal growth (the 80/20 principle).

This Navy Seals motto is a reminder that sometimes we need to pause and reflect before moving forward. Slowing down helps us see through the noise, be more effective, and make a real impact. Effectiveness is about taking the right actions that move us toward our goals.

Some benefits of slowing down include:

  • Improved clarity: Slowing down allows you to see what really moves the needle, helping you prioritize tasks and make better decisions.
  • Conserved energy: When you slow down, you reduce unnecessary exertion and can direct your energy to more productive tasks.
  • Fewer mistakes: A more deliberate pace leads to fewer errors, which saves time and resources in the long run.

In conclusion, slowing down is about becoming more effective in our actions and choices, ultimately leading to faster progress and greater success. Embrace the power of slowing down to enhance your effectiveness and achieve your goals.

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