We have all heard many times the old adages that goes like this: Steady wins the race, be consistent, do a little each day, do not start and stop or keep moving. I am enclosing Aesop’s famous tale about the tortoise and the hare for your enjoyment and understanding. Just to get my point across.
The Tortoise and the Hare Aesop’s Fables
There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?”
Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of time to relax.”
Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.
Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.
After that, Hare always reminded himself, “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!”
No, you do not have to be perfectly consistent like gravity, however, you cannot expect to reach your goal by stopping and going.
This is what happened to me this morning when I was walking our dog.
We live near a beautiful trail in the Seattle, Washington area and during one of her sniffing stops I noticed a man quite a distance behind us shuffling toward us. After she finished sniffing we moved on rather fast. Then… yes, another series of stops and sniffs…the man who is shuffling toward us is getting closer. Polly had another sniffing stop and does her business and as she is doing this the slowly stepping man passes us. We get started walking again and the man who is still slowly shuffling has gotten to the corner and turned around and has passed us going back the way we came. I found this so interesting.
Stop and start does not get us where we want to go. There are many distractions along the way. Doing a little daily toward your dream is what it takes. If you want to save for a vacation, lose weight or build a business. You must be on it steadily.
When you are making plans to reach your goals remember to include consistency in your strategies for them to work every time. Not perfection but constant.
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