Many of us have an idea or a dream and we give up on it when faced with the time it will take to accomplish. What this proverb teaches us is that we should be more fearful of doing nothing, than fearful of us making too slow of progress. An idea with no action remains an idea; don’t let yours go to waste because you were intimidated by the time needed to accomplish it, or afraid of what may lie ahead.
Pushing yourself into consistent action is one of the most important skills to learn in life. That is where the growth of life resides. When you become static, you lose more than just your goals. Daily inaction will begin to build upon itself, and soon you will start to lose your confidence, not only in your abilities to accomplish your goals, but yourself as well. Without self-confidence, and the discipline to get immediately back into action after a bad day, it’s easy for that day to stretch into a week. A couple bad weeks can quickly grow into months, and all of a sudden, you can find yourself with an entire year that has been static or went backwards.
Discipline yourself to take at least one step forward toward your goals and dreams each day, even if that step is extremely small. If you have a bad day, forgive yourself, forget about it, and get back into action the very NEXT day! Never allow those days of inaction to begin to link together because that forms a chain that can get extremely strong and difficult to break the longer it becomes.
If you are taking massive action, but find yourself becoming frustrated because your goals are not progressing as quickly as you would have hoped, remind yourself that the only bad progress is no progress. Know that as long as you do not walk backwards, you are continuing to grow and progress. Success is not a linear process; it will never be a constantly steady upward trending line. You should never be afraid of advancing through life at a slow pace, for it is far better to grow slowly, than to not grow at all. Stay focused, stay dedicated, and just take one more step forward.