Monday, 7 November 2011


Slowcoach, like the tortoise in Aesop’s Fables, is a creature who likes to take plenty of time to consider the route, consider the options and time to make a choice.

Slowcoach is frustrated by those who seem to rush in, guns blazing; shooting first, asking questions later.  Can they not see, that way madness lies? It’s been the cause of many a casualty and might well account for the bandit gang’s very poor health & safety record in recent years!  A little more care and consideration could improve their statistics hugely.
For Slowcoach, method and process make much more sense.  Weighing up the pros and cons and considering cause and effect means that many issues and problems can be completely avoided or at least, prepared for.  Preparation: a common word in the vocabulary of Slowcoach, who likes to plan to the nth degree.  It stems from a significant aversion to risk taking and leads to endless checking that all avenues have been explored before a decision can be made.

Well, process this, Slowcoach: endless analysis and foot dragging is causing frustration, impatience and extreme intolerance amongst the rest of the gang.  Time to steel yourself to take the occasional (calculated) risk, jump in head first, leap before you look and develop the art of speeding up your decision making.
In the words of Carl Jung:

“Caution has its place, no doubt, but we cannot refuse our support to a serious venture which challenges the whole of the personality. If we oppose it, we are trying to suppress what is best in man --his daring and his aspirations. And should we succeed, we should only have stood in the way of that invaluable experience which might have given a meaning to life. What would have happened if Paul had allowed himself to be talked out of his journey to Damascus?”

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