Happiness

Are you a tortoise or a hare?

Can you believe that it’s almost July already, honestly I’m astonished that we are halfway through the year already?  I keep seeing posts everywhere about this, the vast majority of them extolling that fact that even if the first half of the year has sucked, that you can still take steps to make the final half of the year the best it can be. I wholeheartedly agree with this.

What is also true is that this opportunity to turn our lives around is presented to use each and every single day.

I think it’s so ingrained into us that we need to wait for some special time to start living our best life, new years for all our new resolutions, Monday for our new diet ha-ha. I’ve done this myself (especially with diets) but truly the very best time to live your best life is this very moment, now.

As well as giving us an excuse to put things off, I feel that this way of thinking also feeds into the whole idea that for us to fall back in love with our lives we need to make big radical changes.  Yes, there can be a reason and a season for big and rapid changes, and for some people that may be the best way for them to implement change. But it’s my firm belief that for many of us the most impactful changes come from small, consistent movements in the direction of the life we want to live.

The Tortoise and The Hare

Remember Aesops Fable about the tortoise and the hare, that’s what I’m talking about here.  If you don’t remember the story here’s a link.  I’m not really focussing on the arrogance of the hare but more the idea that slow and steady wins the race.

Here are a few reasons why I believe small consistent actions can be the best:

  • Smaller actions carried out consistently more easily morph into habits.
  • It puts less stress on you and those around you when you are making smaller changes
  • Obviously, it’s easier to get started with smaller actions
  • It’s less scary
  • Often more cost effective
  • Easier to get others on-board
  • More likely to be something you can stick to longer term
  • Less distressing if you decided it’s not for you.

And just to make sure this article is balanced, here are a couple of the challenges you might face taking smaller actions:

  • It may take longer to see results
  • Depending on your inner beliefs and self-talk you may feel lazy or like you are taking the easy way out
  • It can feel harder to explain to others.

I thought I needed to be the hare.

For me the fact that these smaller actions are easier to stick to long term, are easy to get started on, especially when you are feeling low or stuck in a rut, and the fact that if it doesn’t turn out to be the right path it’s easier to pivot make small consistent actions the way forward for me.

I have spent the first half of this year trying to be the hare, so from this point forward I am going to embrace being a tortoise.

Do you want to be a tortoise too?

Have you been running around like a hare?  Would you like to try out the tortoise approach but feel stuck in the mentality of radical change?  Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email and let’s see if we can figure out what the tortoise would do?

Oh and if you are looking for some inspiration for small ways to have a better day every day you should check out my free PDF Start Your Day Happy – 17 ingredients for a happier day. Click here for instant access.

 

Lots of love

 

Lara x

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2 thoughts on “Are you a tortoise or a hare?

    1. Absolutely 100% agree with you. I think society promotes the hare pace but people like Arianna Huffington are working to encourage more of us to embrace the tortoise 😘

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