Steadiness - Marie Habke
Some years ago I went for a hike with my brother. Because he was an avid hiker/climber, I expected that he would quickly leave me behind. Instead, I left him in the dust while he adopted this steady, plodding pace – you know I teased him about it. Half way up the hill, he passed me because I was too winded to keep going, and we caught up again after he had hit the top and come back down. I learned a few things that day;
- Don’t go hiking with my brother. (I later found out that he can keep up that pace forever).
- Pacing is important. You need to be able to finish (a challenge, a project, a race) and starting out slow may be the way to ensure you get there.
- You get to the top by putting one foot in front of the other. Doing that faster just takes more energy – it doesn’t change the end result.