How Do You Eat An Elephant?
The answer is one bight at a time. This is a riddle about goal setting and how to achieve a goal. The truth of the matter is that big goals can be daunting, and it’s way too easy to become overwhelmed by them.
You most probably have a very good reason for setting yourself a big goal. If you are in business you need a goal that will push you above and beyond where you are right now. Small goals often lead to less than optimal results. If it’s too easy to achieve the chances are you won’t try at all, or will put in a half-hearted effort. With that in mind a large goal is definitely the way to go…as long as you don’t just aim at the just the big goal.
The key is to break that daunting large goal down into smaller steps. The elephant is too big, and the idea of eating an elephant is too overwhelming. If you leave your focus there, you won’t be able to do what needs to be done. But if you decide that you need to cut a piece off, cook it, sit down at a table and eat it, then you’ve started.
This is the beauty of the smaller goal, or mini-goal, if you want to call it that. The mini-goal gets you on your way. As you achieve each mini-goal you are that much closer to your larger goal. At first it will still see like it’s a long way away, but now you have focus where before you most probably didn’t.
The next time you sit down to eat that elephant, think about the steps that you need to do it, and you won’t end up with indigestion from trying to eat more than you can at one time.