28 July 2009

I Choose to be Like the Tortoise

The tale of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' has always inspired me. I recognize that just putting one foot in front of the other will eventually lead you where you want to go. There is no need to go rushing fool heartedly off into things. If you just keep going, you will make it as well, and usually far in advance! For years, my family has been saying that we are a family of tortoises. We may not get there as fast as we would like to, but we just keep going, so we will get there eventually. Enjoy today's self reflection.

I am taking small steps toward change.

I understand that the surest way to improve my life is to play an active role in my success. I let go of the tendency to resist changes and, instead, I embrace the new attitudes, thoughts and actions that self-improvement requires.

Regardless of how ready I am to make these changes, I realize that people cannot just change overnight. It takes some work, and I am patient with myself in my journey of change.

It reminds me of the tale of "The Tortoise and The Hare." In their race, the tortoise moved patiently down the road, taking small, sure steps. The rabbit, on the other hand, hurtled ahead.

In the end, of course, it was the tortoise that won the race, passing the rabbit that had gotten tired from his initial effort and fallen asleep before the end of the race.

In the same way, I know that life is a journey, not a sprint. So are life changes.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step! Then another, then another... I am confident that I can get wherever I want to go, just by taking those small steps. It may take me awhile, but it is a sure formula for success!

One of the tools I use daily to bring about change is the power of affirmations. With affirmations, I am changing my life one thought at a time. I am replacing my negative thoughts and attitudes with the positive ones that will enable my success.

Today, I choose to be like the tortoise and take small, sure steps toward my desired improvements.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Am I like the tortoise or the hare?
2. Do I have patience with myself while I take small steps?
3. What small steps can I take today to embrace new changes in my life?

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