If you know me well, you know that I love my slow cooker. I make everything from brisket to steel-cut oats in it, however, I never thought that I would be able to pull life lessons from the slow cooker.
You heard me right – life lessons from the slow cooker! You see lately I have been feeling as if I am inside a pressure cooker. Life is running at a speed that I cannot control (yet I am pushing the gas pedal), and I definitely feel as though the pressure is intense.
My determination and goal-driven attitude are both my biggest assets and my hugest liabilities. This relates directly to my work style, which at times becomes like a hurricane or tornado. What is in the middle of a hurricane or tornado? A pressure system.
I set ginormous goals for myself, my business, my family, and my own expectations for me as a parent. At the time, it all seems very realistic and doable until the tornado swells up or the hurricane hits. This is when disaster strikes.
Over the last few weeks, I have been suffering from a sore neck and shoulder that has landed me on the couch for a whole day, one too many grumpy moods, and my house has experienced some serious neglect. I caused all of this. Yep – ME.
I drove myself at such a high-speed that the pressure burst! I stuck myself inside a pressure cooker.
This morning as I thought about making meatballs in the slow cooker, I reflected how the meatballs would slowly simmer all day to excellence! They would be juicy and tender, piping hot, and scrumptious!
Isn’t that what we want for our businesses? The HOT choice? The SCRUMPTIOUS option?
These qualities do not happen when I rush the meatballs. If I bake them, they are dry. If I fry them, they are too greasy. If I slow cook them, they come out right. Enough said.
I thought ‘WOW!’ Maybe I need to apply the same idea to my business. Turn the cooker on high for an hour and then slowly simmer the rest of the way there.
The beginning of business requires a bit of pressure when situating ideas and plans. After that, haste makes waste. There is life, business, and new frontiers all on the horizon. A little bit of time will lead to a beautiful sunset, but pressure will create a bad front.
Today I begin my 30 day blogging challenge. That means you will be hearing from my heart and mind for the next 30 days in a row. Each day I will share something new. A challenge, a stumbling block overcome, real stories collected from real moms, and maybe a dash of goodies that I love (of course).
Today’s challenge is to SLOW DOWN and simmer in biz and life. There is no school tomorrow, and I am going to enjoy some quiet time with my kids and not set the bar too high for work.
Will report back tomorrow….Rachel
Do you simmer or pressure cook? Leave your thoughts below…..