Step by Step. Slow by Slow.

Sahara sand dune

[January 23, 2024 – Blog] Most of us are familiar with the “Swiss cheese” method. It is a recommended way to begin tough or big tasks. Like a piece of Swiss cheese, you nibble away at the project instead of tackling the big hairy beast all at once! Eventually, you have taken every bite of work out of the project and it is complete. Sometimes over days or weeks or even months.

Other times, we are confronted with a big challenge that has to be attacked head on without stopping. You must charge at it until it is conquered—or it conquers you. I am reminded of this type of situation when I think back on the day I faced a massive sand dune in Namibia, Africa. 

As part of an adventure trip, I signed up to climb a sand dune hundreds of feet tall, towering into the blue sky. It was daunting and exciting at the same time. When tackling a project like this, I have found it is always good to get advice from a trusted and experienced colleague or sage counselor. Our guide, ND was just such a character.

I can still hear him say, “plant your feet soundly in the sand, and take one step up.” Then he said, “Be patient — Step by step. Slow by slow. You cannot run up the dune or you will most likely fall. If you follow this simple rule, you will make it to the top.” 

With a bit of fear and trepidation, I followed his words. Taking each step one at a time, and not looking back. What seemed like many hours went by and then, eureka! I made it to the top. And you know what the fun reward was? Sliding down the dune. It was like being on a snow sled, only body surfing on the sand with speed and joy.

When faced with a mountain, take this advice that I once heeded. Take it one step at a time and slowly but surely you will make it to the top. As the old fable goes: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’

Stepping up in 2024, one careful step at a time.

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