Eat that Elephant One Bite at a Time

I love that saying, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!”  Many of has probably heard that many times over our lives, but do we apply it’s meaning to our lives?  It’s easy to get caught up and overwhelmed with the big picture.  We see the elephant and say, I’ll never be able to eat all that!  When faced with a large, overwhelming problem…one that you can’t see a solution, it’s best to break it down into manageable chunks and take care of each one, one at a time.

Break your big goals down

When we set big goals, the can seem unachievable and we may become discouraged.   Let’s say your goal is to become debt free.  Well it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pay it all off at once…so you start with one bill at a time.  Pay off something, then put those resources into the next one, and so on.  That doesn’t seem so hard does it?   Lets say you want to write the next great novel.  It may seem overwhelming….but start writing, one word, then one sentence, then the next…before you know it you have a paragraph….then enough paragraphs to fill a chapter…then enough chapters to fill a novel.  Seems doable that way.  I know I’m oversimplifying it greatly, but it really is that easy.  The great novelists didn’t just wave their hands and the novel appeared….they wrote it one word at a time.

Small goals are your friends

I like the concept of smaller goals.  They are your friend and have so many benefits.  When you break a large task into smaller tasks and large goals into smaller ones, as you mark those small tasks off your list, you are not only moving forward and moving towards accomplishing your goal, but also giving yourself a sense of accomplishment as you mark each one off.  Not only are you continually moving forward, you are providing yourself with positive reinforcement to continue to completion.

So my advice to you (and really to me as I have trouble sometimes following my own advice), take that elephant that your facing whatever it may be….and eat it one bite at a time.

Published by jasonlautzenheiser

Christ follower, Husband and father to 4. Software developer by trade, football / baseball coach on the side. I also develop games in Unity and Monogame on the side as well as tools geared towards gamers.

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