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Do you remember the story about the tortoise and the hare?
Here’s the Cole’s notes as a refresher.
The hare boasted about being so swift and the tortoise, tired of hearing it, challenged the hare to a race saying, “…even you can be beat”.
Now I know you already know the ending – the tortoise won – but it’s what happened in the middle that is worthy of our attention.
You see, the hare, figuring he had the race in the bag, took time for a nap, then lunch, then another nap, and eventually awoke to see the tortoise a yard from the finish line. Even though the hare bolted to catch up- tongue hanging out, exhausted from the stretch – the tortoise crossed the finish line first.
Now the tortoise told the hare at the finish line, “Slowly does it every time”.
But did speed have anything to do with who won the race?
Or was it consistent effort that won?
There may be days that you don’t feel like cooking healthy food to stay on your diet (easier to swing through the drive-thru) or mornings where the weather isn’t conducive to enjoying your run. There are days when meetings consume time that you really need to practice your presentation or reacting to family requests steal thinking time for that article you’ve been meaning to publish.
Aha – “Never let the urgent crowd out the important” ~ Kelly Caitlin Walker
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we choose to invest our time that will pay dividends relative to our goals.
Having a clearly stated goal is a first step.
But, in order to achieve it, you must even more clearly outline what you’re willing to commit to – CONSISTENTLY.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Building yourself requires your attention – and you keeping your promises to yourself – every single day.