We often like to think that success is a race we run and win. We look at covering miles in minutes. In reality we are most likely inching toward success.
Here’s why that matters.
The Tortoise and the Obvious Story
We often think of the story of the Tortoise and the Hare as a story of consistency over flightiness. The fact is there’s more to it than that.
Success takes time. There are a lot of things you do to get things done. People often think they create a viral video or share an amazing idea and BAM! Success!
But there are so many things that have to get done. Reports that need to be filed. Paperwork to do. Things to learn. Marketing yourself and your brand.
This is true for work and personal life. Sure you can get 10 pounds off in a week if you really try, but can you keep it off? The habit is more important than the task.
Inching Toward Success
The truth is we are typically inching toward success. We gain ground a few inches at a time, sometimes standing still, and sometimes losing a little ground, like when we’re rubberbanding.
But that’s okay. That’s all part of the process. We don’t succeed overnight. We succeed a little bit at a time. You may want to lose 20 pounds to be in a healthier weight range, but you don’t have to go crazy. If you lose a pound a week, you’ll be there in 5 months.
That may seem slow, but when you’re on the other side of it, it will not only be done, but you will have built the habits that make it part of your life.
We change our lives a little at a time, inching toward success. Focus on the small things you can do each day to move forward. You can change your world a little at a time, and when you get on the other side of it, it will simply be who you are.