Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?
The tortoise wins the race because of his slow, deliberate movement. The hare takes off at the beginning, but loses steam quickly.
During Elul, we are like the tortoise, as we also make slow, deliberate steps toward our goals.
Real change comes slowly. It comes as a result of real, determined work. The hare does not do t’shuvah, the tortoise does.
Each day of these 30 of Elul, let us take a tortoise-like step toward our goal. In our case, however, the goal is not a finish line. It is ourselves.