Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

The first time I heard the phrase “slow is smooth, smooth is fast” I was having a bad day at the gym. I tend to yank the barbell from the floor too fast which causes me to lose control and ultimately miss lifts. The coach was using the phrase to correct me.

“Slow is smooth, smooth is fast” is a cue to get lifters to slow down, be smooth and ultimately the lift will be faster and more powerful.

When we go too fast we lose control. Slow does not mean slack, however. Slow means control which allows the body to maintain perfect balance and apply maximum force with no unnecessary effort or friction. It feels lighter.


From a quick google search, I learned this is a gun shooting term.

I started shooting guns when I was a kid and I never heard the term but it’s usefulness is not exclusive to any discipline. I hear it in Jiu-Jitsu also. It’s perfect for many situations, in fact.

Now that I’m back in the mortgage business, I’m finding usefulness for this cue here as well.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast – for the mortgage process.

Sometimes loan officers get excited when we’re putting together loans and we want our customers and partners to have quick answers so we rush the application and miss something that slows our processor down even more later on.

When we slow down, especially at the beginning of the process, we get to know the story and get all the details. This makes the process smooth for everyone and it closes faster in the end.

My team and I have adopted this mantra for our loan process and the results continue to be smooth and timely closings. Our processors and underwriters love us for it and the feedback from our customers and business partners is 5 stars.

It works.


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