We praise speed as a society, but it's only one part of the equation.
And it's not the most important one. Direction is.
Direction and speed are different things.
Speed is the distance travelled over time. I can run around in circles with a lot of speed and cover several miles that way, but I'm not getting anywhere. Velocity measures displacement. It's direction-aware.
A lot of people focus on one dimension (speed). Almost all those people are passed by people who think in more dimensions (velocity).
Think of it this way: I want to get from Stockholm to London. Speed is flying circles around Kungsholmen, and velocity is hopping on a direct flight from Arlanda to Heathrow.
How to achieve higher velocity:
- Choose your direction and course-correct when necessary.
- Learn to say no to things that are not aligned with your direction.
- Create a systematic approach to saying no. (This is especially important for people-pleasers and struggling perfectionists).
Where do you want to go? Hit reply and let me know.
Have a great week!
PS. If you want more on this topic, check out my book The Inner Scorecard.