The View from The Niagara Guide

General observations and musings on how we can make Niagara a better place.

Slow Progress is Still Progress

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Remember - the tortoise won the race.

Whenever I drive, I'm passed by a faster driver. That's okay. For me, the purpose of driving is to get from point A to point B in a safe, relaxed and enjoyable style.

Perhaps those faster drivers are going to arrive at their destinations before I do. That's fine. I don't care. As long as I get where I'm going, that's what counts.

I take the same approach to a lot of things. It seems to work for me. Perhaps it could for you too. Let's look at a few areas where taking some time can be beneficial.

Eating

 Did you know eating slowly can help you lose weight? It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to let your body know you're full. When you slow your eating pace, you will feel full sooner and will eat fewer calories. You will also digest your food better, potentially leading to less bloating, gas, and other gastrointestinal issues.

Saving Money

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people don't have much in savings. It might seem hard to save, unless you commit to it and start slow. If you commit to putting aside an amount that works for you on a regular basis, you'll be ahead of the game in the long run. You're not going to get rich doing this, but at least you'll have money put aside in case of emergency.

The same applies when you're investing. You don't need to swing for the fences with every investment. Getting a solid rate of return over while protecting your investment is possible. Talk to a financial advisor and find out the possibilities for what you can afford.

Weight Loss

If you have 20 lbs to lose, losing it in a day would be horrible. Your body would have to go through a lot of painful adjustments. It probably wouldn't be pleasant, or worth it in the end. Losing weight gradually has been shown to be the healthiest approach.

Running a Business

If you run a business, you know it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. Success takes hard work and time. Patience and persistence and plenty of properly-applied elbow grease will get you where you want to go.

We're bombarded with messages that we can have it all, and we can have it now. Be grateful for what you have, and strive to improve yourself and your situation. Even if your progress is slow, it's still progress and it's better than not trying at all.




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