Slow and Steady Gets the Job Done

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
– Samuel Johnson


What a fabulous quote! It's so true. Think back to Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb. Definitely a great work. I'm not sure how many attempts he made and failed(a lot), but he was persistent and because of that persistence we have a bright light even in the darkness today.

I'm not inventing a light bulb, so what can I learn from this? I think we need to remember we don't become great overnight. It takes hard work and discipline. Even in the little things. In fact, I would venture to say that if we don't gain strength in the little things, we'll never be strong enough for the larger parts of life.


For instance, when you want to run a marathon, you don't expect to wake up one morning and run 26.2 miles. You need to train your body. You start small, first by running with walking in it, if you've haven't run a long distance in a while. Slowly you gain endurance and now you can run a whole mile with stopping. Next, you start adding more distance and over time your body adjusts and you are able to go much farther and even faster. So by gaining strength in being able to run a mile, one is finally able to work up to having the strength to run a marathon.

Life isn't much different. Start small. Just make one change for the better. Make sure you have gained strength in that area before you add another in. You're still living your life normally, but adding in one habit or routine that you want to conquer. One change you want to make to help your life run smoother. Once that change has become second nature you add in another habit until it's second nature. In that way you are making changes for your life that will last a long time.

So often we feel our lives spinning out of control so we jump in and make so many new changes that we can't possibly keep up with them all. It's not that they weren't good changes, it's just that we weren't strong enough to handle them all. For some reason we look at running and realize we need to train for it, but we look at our homes, money, emotions, or fill in the blank and think we should be able to change overnight in major ways.


Another great illustration of this is the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. The hare starts out strong and goes so fast and has far surpassed the tortoise. Now he decides, “I've worked so hard, I deserve a rest! Besides he'll never be able to catch me.” But you know the story. The tortoise just keeps plodding along and before you know it he's passed the rabbit and is at the finish line. You probably also know the moral – Slow and steady wins the race. So in your own life, strive to be the tortoise, who just keeps going. He may not be fast and flashy, but he just keeps going and going and going… (Whoops that's the energizer bunny!) Seriously though, nothing stops him and by taking it one step at a time he wins the race. In our race of life, SLOW and STEADY gets the job done!

Lori is the wife to her high school sweetheart and a homeschooling mom to three wonderful children! Join her at Couponomic Stimulus Package, as she encourages you in your frugal journey. She's your cheerleader all along the way, showing you tips on how to save money and giving great advice!

I sooo believe this! Nothing great happens instantly. What are you
working on now that you are taking this approach?

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 11, 2010


  • Mari Larkin - May 11, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    GREAT article. We’ve always believed we were slow and steady…but that isn’t so bad is it? Love this. Thanks for posting it.

  • Gina - May 11, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    I’m working on organization for my house/cleaning schedule. I’m 35 with a 4 year old son so perhaps I’m moving waaay too slow, but had none of that growing up so have always felt very unsure of myself in that area, but I’m taking baby steps in the right direction. My son has taken too it very well. In fact tonight before bed all on his own he decided to organize his sock drawer. He did a great job too!

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