Slow and Steady vs. Think Big (2 Principles to Win Big)

Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for Exercise.com. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life. He has been featured in Shape, Healthline, HuffPost, Women's...

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UPDATED: Aug 25, 2020

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  • Slow and steady and think big may seem like competing principles but they actually complement each other
  • Avoid the pitfalls of each principle and stay in the middle of the road
  • Honestly, evaluate yourself to see the most gains

We talk about the principles of slow and steady and think big a lot as a team. At first glance, some might think these principles should be competing and they do in some ways. However, we find that they actually complement each other as well. They are competing and complementing.

One example that might be helpful. Think about these two principles as a road trip in your car — whether that’s personally or professionally doesn’t matter.

If you’re driving down the center of the road, you’re making slow and steady progress but you also have a big destination in mind. However, on either side of the road are traps that are easy to fall into and the traps are unique to each principle.

For instance, if you focus only on slow and steady it’s easy to get sucked into our daily routine without stepping back to appreciate the big picture or to adjust to stay on course.

On the other side of the road, if you focus only on think big you may find that you’re dreaming so big all the time that you’re never making progress on the small things necessary to achieve anything.

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The Success Story of Harley-Davidson

Take a minute and watch the success story of Harley-Davidson (below). Harley-Davidson had big dreams for their motor-bicycle business but they started small while never losing sight of their big dream. Another great example of these principles in motion is Netflix.

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Now It’s Your Turn

It’s time to take inventory. We don’t share these weekly wisdom posts for you to nod and smile but never apply. We want to make sure you are successful personally and professionally.

Let’s start off personally:

  • What are you currently working at daily?
  • How are you winning at the slow and steady aspect of your journey?
  • What are the pitfalls you’ve experienced?
  • Have you ever lost sight of your think big goals?
  • Have you ever realized you were making slow and steady progress but you didn’t have any big dreams?

Now, let’s think about professionally. As a personal trainer or fitness professional, you may own your own business or you may be working at a big gym or maybe you’re mixing the two and have your own side hustle training clients.

As you ask the questions to take inventory, think about on several levels — big picture professionally (where you want to be in 10 years), departmentally (if you’re a manager or have a team), or corporately (if you’re leading a brand).

  • What are you currently working at daily to take your business to the next level?
  • How are you winning at the slow and steady aspect of your journey?
  • What small steps are you crushing every day to get where you want to be in 5 to 10 years?
  • What are the pitfalls you’ve experienced (slow and steady and think big?)
  • Have you ever lost sight of your think big goals?
  • Have you ever realized you were making slow and steady progress but you didn’t have any big dreams?
  • Have you ever realized you were thinking big without starting small enough where you could take actionable, meaningful steps every day towards your dreams?

Part of why we love what we do is we get a chance to talk with other people passionate about fitness, learn about their dreams, and think through how our technology could help them win the slow and steady to get to the think big. Schedule a demo and let’s talk today!

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