Jo’s Journal: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by Joanne Troppello

Many times, we needlessly frustrate ourselves because we expect things to happen so quickly when that’s not always the case. The best things in life don’t always come easily and should be cherished.

It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey. Simple statements. Not always easy to hear. Not something I usually want someone to say to me when I’m working on a project or trying to get something accomplished—and things are taking too long.

Where are you on this journey?

Are you preoccupied with the next destination or are you stopping to smell the roses along the way? I’m on this journey. Most of us are if we are consistently trying to accomplish goals in life.

Whatever your goals are in life, be prepared for some hard work and discipline to get you to your destination. If you’re not willing to put in any effort, then you won’t get to the level of success that you are looking for. Take an Olympic athlete for example. They must complete a high level of training and work an unbelievable number of hours every day for a chance to win a medal and be the best.

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” – Kalpana Chawla

Speaking from personal experience, I think that sometimes when the plans I plan out for my life don’t come to fruition as fast as I’d like them to, I get discouraged. That’s understandable, right?

We all go through similar emotions, even if you are an eternal optimist, like I am. I need to remember, one step at a time. I can’t continue to take giant leaps forever. There will be times when I’ll fall back to the single steps, one at a time.

Perspective Matters

It’s all a matter of perspective, really. You need to stay focused on the end goal. Always have your WHY at the forefront of your mind. Why are you going down this path? Why are you doing what you’re doing?

Savor the moment of everyday living. This isn’t always easy when you’re so excited about something you’re working on or working towards and things are moving too slowly.

Working on this magazine sometimes makes me feel this way. I started it three years ago. It’s come a long way. I feel that we’re approaching a huge tipping point, but it’s easy for me to get discouraged when things move slowly.

Never Give Up

Are you a winner or a loser? If things don’t go your way, do you give up and walk away from your dream? Are you the type of person who will persevere and keep going, even if it takes years to reach success?

Never give up on following your dreams. If you give up, you’ll never know what could have been if you had kept going. Create a vision board to help you stay focused on your path forward. There are many vision board apps that you can use to help you focus on your why. Check out this article that shares some great vision board apps like Subliminal Vision Boards, Wishboard, and Dream Vision Board.

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About the Author

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.

Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter.

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