Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
This quote speaks about being afraid of not achieving results. Many of us are in a hurry, and want to see results, and want them yesterday. We worry that not seeing results immediately means that the attempt failed.
For many, that leads to a series of quick attempts, none of which are tried for a sufficient period of time for anything significant, or even measurable, to have happened.
Do you ever get frustrated because things are going too slow in your life? Many people do not realize that building a foundation that will lead to success, does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly building and learning.
It is extremely important to create a foundation that will remain strong even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time.bYou may have to remind yourself that failing is only failure if you quit, otherwise it is a learning opportunity.
So, do not worry if your life seems to be in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your steps back.
Keep on moving, regardless of pace, because it is just like filling of a bathtub. When you first put water in, it appears to make rapid progress. The water moves quickly across the bottom, heading for the far side.
You think that at that pace, the tub will be filled in just a few more minutes. So you stay there and wait. But then, something odd happens. The water is still flowing, but the progress is no longer visible.
Nothing seems to be happening. The water is flowing in, but the tub does not seem to be filling up anymore and you get frustrated. But the tub is still filling at the same rate as before.
It just seems like it is not going as fast anymore.
That is because of the slope at the bottom of the tub, and once that is covered, the slow, steady, work begins. And that is the whole point of the quote. If you were waiting for the tub to fill and the water was not running, that is standing still.
So long as the water is running, progress is being made. The same goes for diets or any other long-term project. There will be times when things move slowly. Stick with it, and keep working. Look for opportunities to improve, but keep moving.
Always keep moving. Otherwise you will be standing still. Take a moment and consider where in your life you are at a stand-still. This is not things you have decided to quit because they no longer serve your needs.
That is different from being stuck or at a stand-still with a project or issue which you want to make some progress. The point is that with a little thought and some creativity, you can break it down into bite-sized chunks.
With that in mind, take one of your issues and try to break off a couple of small chunks. If you find a medium sized chunk, break it loose, then see what you can do to break that chunk down.
Life is full of challenges.
Keep on working on them. Even if the progress slows to a crawl. No matter what, keep going. Eventually, you will get there. Unless you give up, and simply stand still. You do not want to do that, do you?
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane