How To Eat Your Elephant

How To Eat Your Elephant


Each of us has an elephant that we wake up to each day.  It’s a large goal that we want to achieve and one that will take many hours, weeks, months and even years to complete. Often, the time for completion feels overwhelming and we grow weary that we may never accomplish our goal.

Our goal weight seems to be stubborn and unmoving.  Our business is taking off slowly. Our spouse isn’t improving as quickly as we’d like.  Our finances seem to be stagnant. Our house has been on the market forever.

When we focus on the size of our goal and allow the rate of progress to discourage us, we create an opportunity for defeat to take over us.  Goals are like elephants.  They are large but they are not unconquerable.  The same way a zoo keeper learns to tame an elephant, you too, can learn to manage your goals.

The best way to eat an elephant is to take one bite at a time.  This means taking your goals one day at a time and one challenge at a time.  For example, maybe you’re trying to lose weight but you’re struggling with overeating.  Rather than feeling defeated each time you over-indulge, try eating a balanced diet one meal a time.  If you say things like “I have to stop overeating for the next 6 months” your goal will appear overwhelming.  However, if you make a smaller goal such as “I’ll make each meal today a balanced meal,” the goal will become much more manageable and you will conquer the habit of overeating.

You have the ability to conquer your elephant.  The same power that rose Christ from the dead lives inside of you.  Tap into that power and use it to accomplish your goals one challenge at a time.  Eat your elephant one bite at a time.




  • Roselyn
    March 22, 2014

    When we focus on the size of the elephant it makes it difficult to chew, and swallow its meat. Our focus should be on the one who lives within us and who we work for. He says it in Matthew 6: 27 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” And the answer is a big NO. What we can do to minimize and eliminate the chewing process of the elephant’s meat is pray, believe in faith, the sword of his word and do the work by taking the steps needed through his direction so we can swallow the elephant’s meat for it to digest in our being. Key reminder the one we work for is the greatest John 14: 28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      March 23, 2014

      I really like the way you just summed that up! That was so good and it provided a great visual! Thanks so much for sharing that!

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