Why You Should Take the Stairs Every Time You Get a Chance

It’s not about the exercise

Photo by Tom Sodoge on Unsplash

Here’s something I do most people don’t:

Whenever there is an escalator and normal stairs next to it, I take the stairs. I know it seems like a small thing, but it’s actually kind of a big deal.

People on the escalator:

  • Lose time.
  • Choose to wait when they could choose to do something.
  • Lose momentum.
  • Lose energy.
  • Hope for the world to magically carry them to where they want to go.

People taking the stairs:

  • Know every minute counts.
  • Take the obstacle head on and do what they can to overcome it.
  • Build more momentum by bolting right through the next section of their journey.
  • Keep their metabolism in good shape.
  • Are aware that even if they do their best, they might not get what they want — so their best effort is the least they can do.

There’s this cheesy saying that there’s no elevator to success, but it’s true. Well, there’s also no escalator. Every time I take the stairs, I remember that.

If anything, I think life is a bit like being on an escalator that goes down, trying to run up.

Casey Neistat captured it well:

If you only make one conscious decision to improve your life today, make it this:

When you face your next uphill battle, which one is it going to be?

The escalator? Or the stairs?

Originally published at www.quora.com

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