Slow And Steady

Methodical calculated actions win the race

You might recall the story from your childhood, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Where the tortoise and the hare decide that a race is in order. The Hare being much faster immediately takes off and makes it nearly to the end of the race, then decides to lay down for a bit of nap. Meanwhile, the tortoise is cruising along at a steady pace minding his way and keeping to what he knows.

Sure enough when the hare awakens, he realizes that during his slumber the slow and steady tortoise passed him in the race and won.

There are a lot of problems in life with starting and going super fast and then stopping.

Traffic for one, who likes the “rubber-band” effect when people floor it and then slam on their brakes. It’s super annoying.

Facebook and nearly every traffic platform while buying advertising penalizes you for starting and stopping your ads.

Machine learning and algorithms have a hard time identifying patterns and learning when information is sporadically provided.

The same goes for many activities, rock climbing for one got me thinking about this. All of the best climbers I’ve seen are very methodical and slow and steady in their movements from one hold to the next. They carefully calculate the way they move their weight and how they’ll achieve the next move successfully.

In life we have the opportunity to be consistent or sporadic, steady or volatile. It’s hard to predict what to expect and what to plan for if you aren’t consistent.

It seems logical that we would examine the things that are causing us the most stress or uneasiness and focus on ways that we can achieve more stability in those areas. That might very well mean backing off just a bit, slowing down and checking your trajectory to make sure you achieve the correct target.

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