I’ve recently gotten into the habit of taking walks on a bike path directly behind my office building during the day. I’ve found it to be not just rejuvenating for my energy and body, but also my mind and spirits. Once I’ve gone far enough to feel my muscles loosen (and ideally before I break a sweat), I turn around and head back.
One useful insight from this story is to highlight that the only way to get to my destination is to keep walking. Stopping does me no good. I’d be essentially in no-mans-land, neither here or there. So of course, even if I were to get tired or start sweating, I would always keep going until I made it back. Perseverance of a sort.
More interesting, I think though, is how choose to keep walking. There’s many different ways to make it back.
Steps too small and the journey back becomes horribly inefficient with no more noticeable value accrued.
Steps too big and I’ve used more energy only to arrive in probably the same amount of time (or worse).
Steps too flat, too wide, or angled and now I’ve caused myself long-term harm with my short-term lack of purpose.
The most reliable way back — much like the most reliable way to make change — is with a consistent, repeatable, continuous stride.
Intentionally, deliberately, purposefully we make change. One step at a time.