If your hand is uncomfortable with the reach to the lever due to small size, try to find a lever with adjustable reach, or see if you can fit a motocross/dirt style 2- or 3-finger lever to your bike. You might find it helps.
Some people will tell you that slow is good, and it may be on some days, but I am here to tell you that fast is better... Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba.... Hunter S Thompson, Song of the Sausage Creature