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.