For the boy scouts, the first rule of hiking with a group is that “the group is only as fast as it's slowest member.” A friend had mentioned this to my husband and I a few years ago when we were hiking with two families. This seems counterproductive. If the slowest member is leading the group then the whole group goes slower as compared to just a few. And yet, the success of the group is only as good as the success of the slowest member of the team.
Recently we went on a family hike to the Hollywood sign to take in the view at the top. It was rated as difficult albeit only 3 miles roundtrip. We decided to follow the boy scouts and let our youngest lead because she is the smallest and therefore the slowest. It wasn't an indication of poor skill or fitness just mere birth order and the length of her legs.
This hike was steep and almost considered bouldering at times. It really was a challenging. Yet, the only person who never complained of the three kids the entire time was the leader, my daughter. She had a steady pace and a positive attitude and even gathered imaginary super hero powers the entire time.
Our entire group successfully arrived at the destination without tears. Slowing down allowed us to see unique birds, plants, and flowers.
There is something to be said in considering the weakest link on your team or in your community. We can approach it as, if you can’t keep up then you should be left behind or maybe that slowing down a bit allows all to progress…together.
Taking this into my coaching practice, I had lost site of this. If you weren’t’ willing to do all the lifestyle changes at once then you weren’t going to be able to make health improvement. Yet, objectively this isn’t true. Every step counts it only takes a bit more time....it's slower.
Now, there are certainly scenarios where one must cut out negative people in your life because they hold you back...indefinitely, yet that is a very different circumstance over allowing a weaker/slower person whom has similar values force you to take more time. One may be weaker but also toxic and holding you back whereas the other is only slowing you down. Your success is more valuable when you include those that want to continue moving forward together....like the compound effect.
Compound effect was coined by Darren Hardy, author and speaker. It is based on a strategy of reaping huge rewards by seemingly insignificant actions or small, smart choices.
Actually, in so many ways this experience of letting the weakest lead us we found enrichment and improvement in skills of observation or patience for those of us that slowed down while the weaker person gained strength in confidence and skill. We compounded our family success by allowing our weakest hiker lead the way.
That’s what #teamdolan calls a win-win.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove fear of slowing down.
Replace with a small decision that has big rewards in learning, confidence and success.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Connect well….compound your success
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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