Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Remember that story we were told as kids about The Tortoise and The Hare? In case you aren’t familiar, here is a summary of the story. The Tortoise and the Hare are at a race to see who is the fastest. As the race begins, the Hare takes off and the Tortoise is left behind at a (literal) crawl. The race continues with the Hare in the lead, and he believes that since he is so much faster, he should be able to nap, wake up, and finish the race, still beating the Tortoise. He naps, but when he awakens he realizes that the Tortoise is about to win. He takes off after the patient animal, but to no avail. Tortoise wins.
The moral of the story? Slow and steady wins the race!
Recently it has been incredibly hard for me to learn that slow, calm steps will lead to success as opposed to quick, careless ones. You would think that completing all your tasks at a fast pace would be the most effective method for your life and your character, but I can personally tell you that this is not the case. As a fellow human being, I know that we are bound to make mistakes. We are nowhere near perfect—personally I wouldn’t want to be—and it is natural for us to assume that cruising through our to-do list and smashing our tasks at work would be the most successful option.
But I’ve learned that in life, especially in regards to work and other things that are of great importance, it is crucial to slow down.
If you’re always rushing through things, there are going to be some mistakes along the way. Taking your time even if you might hate it at first (trust me I did!) will ensure you that putting one hundred percent of your focus into the task at hand. Take it from someone who loves to constantly be working. Slow. Down.
When I started my coaching business, I was so invested that I quickly got confused, lost and overwhelmed. I lost sleep, my relationships weren’t at their best and neither was I. I got to the point where I was so stressed that I was having emotional breakdowns.
Trust me, you don’t want to go that far. I learned to pace myself. I learned that to give my absolute best I must take my time and be careful, and be aware of the work that I’m doing.
It’s like driving during the winter. If it’s snowing and the roads are icy, what’s going to happen if you’re driving fast and carelessly? You’re going to crash. It’s dangerous. So, use that logic everywhere, every day.
Just because you’re taking it slow does not mean that you won’t get anything done. Going slow means that you’ll get done faster! If you take your time, you’re less likely to make mistakes, and if you do you can fix them right then and there. You also won’t be stressed trying to complete tasks quickly which can often lead to a lack of motivation.
Do everything in your life with intent. Know that the effort you put in is going to show in the things you do and create. People will notice if you haphazardly throw together your projects, and they’ll be less likely to rely on you as a reliable source. Even if you’re someone who likes to constantly be working like me, never underestimate the power of slowing down.
Just like the Tortoise, stay focused, steady, and determined. Slow and steady wins the race!