Wogging Is the Best Strategy for Success

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”—Lao Tzu

How many times have you set a goal, only to fall short of it? How often have you purposed to accomplish something quickly, only to find yourself reverting back to the way it was before?

In our desire to reach a goal, we often take on too much too quickly. Slow and steady, with well-timed challenges, is usually the best strategy—the tortoise had it right.

tortoise to success

For example, I’m trying to exercise to get in shape. But I know me. If I go at it too hard, I’ll give up. In the past, burning lungs and wobbly legs have quickly convinced me I’m not cut out to be a jogger or a biker or any form of exerciser. 

However, all of us can be in better shape than we are now (in all aspects of our lives, not just physically). We just need to take the right steps to get there. For most of us, those steps should be relatively small if we want to stick it out for the long haul. 

Since I’ve failed at exercise in the past, I incorporated a new strategy this spring—one that involves slow progress that sticks.

I love walking but abhor jogging for the sake of jogging. So instead of doing something I dislike, I’ve challenged myself to simply push my walking to the next level. To incorporate just enough jogging into my walk to move my fitness level up a notch.

There’s nothing earth shattering about what I’m doing. Nothing like a marathon or even a half marathon or even a 5K. But it’s still a challenge for the better. And I’ve stayed with it now for most of this year!

Each time I wog (walk with intermittent, when I feel like it, jogging), I’m increasing my stamina a bit. Over time those bits will  have a measurable impact on my overall fitness. All by taking it one stride at a time.

Wogging works in all areas of life, not just fitness. 

I heard Lysa Terkeurst say that her mind can only handle one Scripture verse at a time. She can’t take on a chapter or even a paragraph.  Just one verse a day. But day after day those verses have had a profound impact on her life (and she now knows many verses). 

 My youngest son, Joseph, and I committed to Ann Voskamp’s The Romans Project this year. This challenge is to memorize chapters 1, 3, and 8 in the book of Romans in 2013. I’ve never been good at memorizing Scripture, and the goal seemed impossible in my eyes, and Joey’s.

But taking just two verses a week has resulted in both of us memorizing nearly all of chapter 1. An accomplishment that seemed impossible became not only possible but probable when reduced down to smaller steps. 

That’s what it is like to wog. Take on enough challenge to move forward but not too much to demoralize. 

How do you memorize a chapter? Verse by verse. How do you complete a race? Step by step. How do you find God? Day by day.

Don’t think you have to be and do everything at once. 

A slow and steady challenge is the way to success 

… because the most lasting change is slow change. 

Begin with that first step today.

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).

Questions to consider: What goal do you have for yourself? How can you break it down into smaller steps? What does that first step look like? I’d love to hear about your challenge in the comments. 


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  1. Kathryn C. Lang on April 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I know that it is about one step at a time – but knowing and doing do not always come together. 🙂 I needed this reminder that I am not alone in my wogging journey.

  2. Julie Sunne on April 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    One step, one day. Easy to say, harder to do. But with God, never impossible. May you find strength for your journey, Kathryn.

  3. JanalynVoigt on April 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I need to get into wogging. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Julie Sunne on April 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      I think we all need to do a little more wogging, Janalyn. The beauty of this strategy is that the pressure is measured and just enough to move me but not overwhelm or intimidate me. One step, a little sprint–moving is the goal.

  4. Cecelia Lester on April 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I like your new word. Thank you for giving us this hint about walking with an intermittent jog.

    • Julie Sunne on April 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      You’re welcome, Cecelia. It works in many areas of life–measured moving.

  5. Hilda Fyock on August 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the post. I reposted this on my Wogging page! Come and add to the conversation!

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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