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Why running a sprint is sometimes better than a marathon? | コーチブログ | ベリタス(VERITAS)

Are you a rabbit or a tortoise?

I mean: do you go slowly and consistently to reach your goals or would you rather go fast with several breaks along the way?

This children’s story inspires me a lot:

This is the story of a rabbit who bragged about how fast he could run compared to a tortoise, so they had a race. Of course, the rabbit went way ahead for half the race, got tired and took a nap, thinking he would catch up with the slow tortoise later and still finish the race first. Meanwhile, the tortoise kept on going, step by step and never stopped. The rabbit got  up later than expected and ran as fast as possible to the finish line where he found the tortoise, waiting for him.

This story emphasizes the power of continuous small steps.

While I heard in school that learning a bit every day is better than learning a lot all at once. For some of us, including myself, it doesn’t always work for everything. I would say that the long run (marathon) is a good option if we are good at persisting and if we have a large amount of grit.

At the same time, you and I are just human, our passion and focus tend to lower as the time passes.

That’s why, it is sometimes beneficial to run fast in your learning race.

I believe we can take advantage of this first “honeymoon period”, where we are excited by the new adventure, where we give our best and put extra efforts into achieving positive results.

The benefits of this kind of intensive learning are multiple, let me share some of them:

– You can see major improvements rapidly. How motivating!
– You only commit for a short amount of time. (Perfect if you want to make the best out some days off, while still being able to do something else on the side.)
– The finish line appears to be closer, thus, it makes it easier to focus on one area for a short period of time and remain motivated every morning.
– You can create new habits. It can be a good first step for you to incorporate important practices to your life.
– There is no time to forget because you practice daily.
– It is intense and deep, you create a special bond with your classmates and coaches because we are all in the same boat!

So, how about trying to be intense every day for a set amount of time?

At Veritas, we offer you to take an intensive course. (Interestingly “course” in French means “race”.)
Thanks to coaches’ support throughout our intensive three months programs, you are never lost in your race, and you will definitely pick up a handful of beautiful flowers along the way.

As a general rule, it’s up to you to decide how fast you will go. The finish line is the same, you just have to decide how quick you’ll get there and if it will take a series of sprints or a marathon.

Whether your style is tortoise or rabbit, as long as you don’t stop and keep moving forward, you will succeed towards your goals.

Veritas Coach

Olivia Fougerais

Olivia was born and raised in the Loire Valley in France, she majored in International and European business law. Passionate about languages and multiculturalism, she decided to take the opportunity to live in Tokyo for a semester as an exchange student in Chuo University. Once back to France, she worked as an in-house legal counsel in contract and business law. Slowly missing living abroad within an international environment, she then decided to build her own opportunity and go back to Japan in a move to become fluent in Japanese. This is when she joined Veritas, feeling highly motivated about the value it creates to its clients and willingness to contribute to the goals of Japanese’s ambitious leaders of tomorrow.