Walk Slowly & Steadily like the Tortoise So You Don’t Trip. Don’t rush, be patience and focus on the process towards a goal, instead of just the result.
You can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly.
When you approach things like the Tortoise, you will methodically and steadily work toward your goal.
According to author Greg Anderson, you should “focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
If you look at life like a race, it’s not the finish line that stands out. Instead, it’s all the time you spent getting there that really matters.
Walk Slowly & Steadily like the Tortoise So You Don’t Trip. Deliberate slowness has lost its appeal as a virtue.
Although most people remember the old fable about the slow and successful tortoise against the faster hare. Slowness is viewed as a sin in today’s culture.
Walk through any bookstore and you’ll see promises to lose weight, make money and be successful in less time than you ever imagined.
Lose twenty pounds in one week. Double your income in a year. Change any bad habit instantly.
Although these promises may sell more books, they undermine the power of deliberate slowness. What would happen if you made your goal to lose twenty pounds, not in one month, but in one year? First, your likelihood of success would increase dramatically. The steps necessary to lose twenty pounds in a month are more dramatic than losing twenty pounds in a year.
Second, you’re more likely to develop the habits of eating and exercise that will keep the weight off once you reach your goal. Permanent success, even if it takes longer to reach, is worth far more than any fleeting achievement.
In a paradox worthy of Lao Tzu, slowness actually achieves results faster than the alternative. When you make the effort to take more time than you believe is necessary, you ensure you don’t slide backwards. Like running on ice, you place each foot carefully in front of the next, so you won’t trip.
Goals are great to seek, but often the milestones and achievements aren’t what we remember. In the end, the most memorable and important parts of our lives are the journeys we went on, not the destinations we reached.
So be the Hare when you have to, but always remember that the slow and steady journey is what you’ll remember and treasure the most.