Choosing direction over speed is a simple concept, but in practice it can be difficult to follow. There are always new paths popping up and tempting you to stray from the course you laid out in your original plan.
And that’s only if you actually have a plan, too. Knowing where you want to go or what you want to accomplish is step one, and unfortunately that’s a step that a lot of people never take. Instead of choosing where to go, they let circumstance direct their life because it’s just too much effort to do anything else.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. -Seneca
Reaching your long-term goals is hard work. It takes persistence and grit. But slow and steady progress in the right direction is far more valuable than fast and reckless progress in no particular direction at all.
And small steps add up fast. It’s easy to overestimate how much you can accomplish in a day and underestimate how much you can accomplish in a year because our natural tendency is to want to do everything at once.
We get discouraged when we don’t see immediate results and jump to the conclusion that what we’re doing must not be working. But it is working. The results will come in time.
You could write a 70,000 word novel in a year by writing less than 200 words per day. But if you’ve been writing for two weeks and only have 2,800 words to show for it then you might get discouraged by thinking about how far you still have to go.
The trick is to stay focused on the day-to-day little things that add up to the big results. 200 words a day is easy. A 70,000 word novel is hard. But by sticking to the plan and focusing on direction over speed you can absolutely guarantee that you’ll get to your goal.
Trust the process. And focus on how much you’ve already done rather than how much you still have left to do. Just keep moving in the right direction. You can do it.