Can Slacking Pay Off?

Back Off And Relax?
Back Off And Relax?

Ever back off your pace, your desire, your determination?

It’s hard isn’t it? We feel like we will lose momentum, fall behind, or not reach our deadlines goals.

Yesterday, a great run was in store. I was due for a great run, was looking forward to a great run, and felt that afterwards, the goal would be one step closer.

But instead, I backed off.  It felt really good to mix it up and do an easy run where normally there would have been a hard, determined run.

One step backwards, two steps forward?

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. every once in awhile, I do a “20 minutes and out” swim workout. Swim hard for 20 minutes, and call it quits for the day. I usually swim harder and faster than if I did my normal 30 minute swim plus 30 minutes kick, and I feel like I’m playing hookey for the rest of the workout!

  2. And so how does that make you feel overall? Ahead? Behind?
    What goes through your mind to tell yourself to do it differently?

  3. I get to the pool and get in the water as normal and some days, very few, I look at the black line on the bottom and a realization pops into my head that I just don’t want to be here and I don’t want to swim at all. Some days, I drive all the way across town to the pool and almost want to keep driving. That’s when I make a deal with myself. There’s just this little voice that says “I really don’t want to do this today.”

    If I swim all out as fast and hard as possible for 20 minutes, than I can call it quits for the workout. I usually feel great because I’ve put in a sprint workout. Mentally, I’m usually refreshed because it’s a different kind of workout than I usually do, something out of the ordinary and am thrilled because I put in a hard effort instead of just driving past the pool in the first place. I’ve also managed to shut out the little voice urging me to quit and that makes me feel as if I’ve conquered something.

  4. That’s what I’m talking about Sally!
    Breakthrough the boredom.
    It’s a life long struggle.
    Your personal triumph is just another example of finding creative ways to stay engaged and kick the devil’s butt.
    So glad you shared this. I hope it inspires other readers too.

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