A few weeks ago I was going through some old photos of early school life in Zimbabwe I was reminded that 'back in the day' I had to do a project about Aesop's fables. I remember spending a lot of time putting a little booklet together on all the wise words that the storyteller left us with; the one that used to resonate with me was the Tortoise and The Hare.
The reason it resonated with me was because I was always the last one in a running race! If you don't believe me I have a quite a few pictures to back that up, here is one for you below.
Yup, that's me in the yellow vest, and whilst I'd like to say I was coming second I know in my heart of hearts that I was last. Hence why I found the tortoise and the hare fable so heart warming as a kid, I had faith that things would work out.
If you are not familiar with the fable in question then here is a summary for you:
The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me."
The Tortoise said quietly, "I accept your challenge."
"That is a good joke," said the Hare; "I could dance round you all the way."
"Keep your boasting till you've won," answered the Tortoise. "Shall we race?"
So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.
Then the Tortoise said: "Slow but steady progress wins the race."
In the world today we can often get caught up in wanting things to happen instantly for us; unfortunately when it comes to personal change and personal discovery things take time. Whether your goal is to be stronger, faster, thinner, more knowledgable, feel better or even if you are going through an emotional rough patch you need to remember that, "slow and steady wins the race."
If you are starting your journey of change or going through a tough time and you are feeling unsure of yourself then why not give yourself a positive affirmation? You can use it in the times when your mind might want to wander to negative thoughts; "I will achieve my goals", "just keep going", "I can do this", "I'm making great progress", "noting will hold me back!"
I like to think that is what the Tortoise was saying to himself all the way through the race. Consistent, positive steps towards your goals will get you there and along the way you will discover some wonderful things about yourself, so never give up.
I may have taken Aesop's fable too literally as a kid, and I never won a running race, but I believe the moral of the story is sound and something that might help to make your day a bit brighter or put a smile on your face.
Have a great week ahead, Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Image credit for featured picture : - Ben Courneya
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.