Most of us are familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare.
It tells the story of a rabbit and a turtle that race. The rabbit thinks it so absurd to race a turtle that he lays down and takes a nap. The turtle keeps moving and eventually wins.
A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.
"Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh.
"Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."
The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.
The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.
The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.
The race is not always to the swift.
The lesson is to plug away slowly and steadily.
I love this as a fable and how it can relate to lifestyle.
Far too many times, people want FAST results but don't want to do the work. Here's the deal - sprints work!
8 weeks is enough to make major changes.
In 56 days you can do a HUGE amount.
You can learn and acquire new habits, change your body composition, make huge gains in energy and create a whole new you.
YOU can be the hare, and the tortoise.
I use sprints all the time, in business, in training, working with clients. WHY? Because they work, as long as they're followed up with by endurance work - real, long term sustained output.
You can't sprint forever, but you can certainly sprint for 8 weeks - 56 days - and make major changes.