Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare?

The race isn't always
to the swift.
Remember the old fable about The Tortoise and the Hare?  Well, I've always been a hare (without the conceited part of course).  I like to get things done, and I like to get them done fast. Usually when a problem presents I immediately see the solution in my mind's eye, take ownership of it, and quickly get it resolved.

I also sometimes tend to be a procrastinator, easily getting distracted, and fairly certain that even though I'll complete a task quickly once I get started that I can keep putting it off until tomorrow as I get other things taken care of that I consider to be of higher importance. I've even had to wrestle with this same shortcoming as I've worked in the pursuit of my career goals.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Well, the Bible plainly states that this isn't the way to true and lasting success.  The old saying "slow and steady wins the race" is always the best policy when navigating through life, and over the last few years as I've continued to age and gain more wisdom my observations bear witness to that.  Fast money, quick-start relationships, and hasty decisions rarely come to a stable and sound end.

Success could be just around the corner.  

If you're finding that no matter how hard you try you can't seem to accomplish the goals that you've set for yourself, you may just be a hare.  Slow it down a little and consider that diligence, persistence, and consistency are virtues.  Sprinkle all of that with a healthy dose of patience, and you may just find that elusive finishing line starting to come into sight.

So, what about you? Are you a tortoise or a hare?
"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want." -Proverbs 21:5, KJV
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