In 24-hour racing, it’s not uncommon to see the individuals who push themselves early in the race burn out and not even finish.
In my early races, I used to pass this friend of mine named Gabe. I always thought he was going too slow—that the rest of the field was going to put huge time margins on him and there was no way he’d catch up. Yet, the more I raced with him, the more I'd notice him making these magnificent, superhuman pushes in the last hour of the race and crushing everyone. Now, I try to stay on pace with Gabe when I'm racing.
We can all benefit from this sort of strategic patience. It’s all about taking small, gradual, consistent steps over time. You don’t have to lose that 50 pounds by next month, but you do have to start making lifestyle changes. You don’t have to be financially free by next year, but you do have to begin the process of making smarter decisions with your money.
Start by taking what I call “stupid small” steps, and just keep plugging away. Be patient with yourself, and will yourself to go slow.