Quick but steady wins the race ! What’s your take?
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- Anushna Jha
- July 13, 2016
It’s true that time and tide wait for none. Not even for adages and fables. Long ago, the hare and the tortoise had woven a narrative giving out the message that slow and steady wins the race. This is way before the race as we know it today emerged and established itself. This was way before our world was defined by intense competition and power struggles. This was way before our rival’s failure mattered more than our own success. This was way before the paradoxes of present times overtook the simplicity of natural existence.
The world has changed and so has the mantra to survive it. Quickness, speed, agility, instant response are some key lookouts of every prospective winner today. With an increased number of options and choices for each person in all spheres of life, decisions are even harder to take. In addition to that, the path to success is laden with obstacles and barriers. To overcome them is not enough. What is needed is a quick response to every challenge life throws at you. A sense of equanimity is required to deal with every situation- favorable or otherwise. What is needed is walking steadily all through the path, without letting g anything (good or bad) topple or meander you. Neither should you let success reach your head not allow failure to reach your heart.
Some useful tips to be quick and steady and win the race of life are as follows.
- Identify your aim
The first step in identifying your aim is to spend some time figuring out what you want from life. It is a good idea to ask yourself some questions to get started. What do you want to accomplish in your life? Who do you want to be? What do I want my life to look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Remember- these questions should be answered by only one person- YOU.
- Plan your path
Enough has been said about the importance of planning and method. I want to reiterate that. From personal experience, I believe planning your path to attain any goal is extremely helpful. It facilitates clarity in the mind and wanders off apprehensions and uncertainties. It lends stability to your endeavor. Once you draw up a tentative plan of action, you shall be quick to take steps in the direction of your destination. Planning includes setting up a Plan B, in case your Plan A doesn’t work out. Success is all about passion, commitment, and progress. All three need planning in order to be successful. And success needs planning.
- Know your strengths
This can be a major time-saver. Finding out what you are good at will allow you to save time on having to re-learn a skill or job. Finding out what your strong points are will also give you a boost in self-confidence. This can do wonders in this day and age where you’ll find scores of people to pull you down. Knowing your strengths and what your worth will make you a secure person. This will maintain your steadiness in walking towards your goal.
- Recognize your weaknesses
This will make you more responsible and self-aware. In a crowd of thousands, it is vital to recognize oneself especially your weaknesses. This will help you overcome them and then walk the path to success undeterred. Understanding your flaws will prevent you from exposing them in unwanted situations. Once you acknowledge your weaknesses, you can also turn them into strengths. So there! You have a win-win situation.
- Make the right collaborations
It is not alone that you can walk any path. You may have to fight your own battles, but there are wars that you may have to face. And you need like-minded people to win those. In fact, success that is shared is sweetest. Shared strengths, divided roles, and collective decision-making are sure to take your flight to success faster to the goalpost. And such a success is bound to be long endured.
- Live life and celebrate happiness
This will help you be steady and prevent you from wearing down after some hard work. Remember to live life the way you want to. Don’t let your ambition consume you. Instead, have fun while competing in the race. Make the most of the opportunity and enjoy every moment to the fullest. When you look back at your life, these small joys will make for sweet memories.
Finally, in the wake of being quick and steady, remember to reflect upon your deeds and introspect your thoughts. This is give you long lasting success and prosperity.
Staff writer Pursuing Political Science Honours at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Enjoy observing, exploring, and engaging. Love to think, write, discuss, and debate. Inspired by people, books, movies, songs, theories, and thoughts. Passionate about writing on issues of social, political, and environmental relevance.