How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
“there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.”
Your life satisfaction will probably be a lot higher if you view your life as a series of many small milestones, instead of one huge milestone that you may or may not ever achieve.
Start breaking it into small pieces
This is the awesome part because I see all the neat parts that I’ll get to do.
To help figure out how to dice up the elephant, ask yourself:
What’s really needed to accomplish this? People, tasks, timelines.
How can I chop it up into small digestible bites?
If it’s still too mammoth and overwhelming, how can I chop it up further?
How long is each piece going to take?
What are the tasks I can do quickly?
What’s the most efficient way to tackle this? (Meaning which items should come first?)
If you’re delivering it for someone else – what are their expectations? And how does it differ from your own?
Is it collaborative project? Which pieces will each person take on?
Do you need someone else’s help?
Which task(s) will make the most impact?
If you’ve ever wanted to accomplish something major, you know that getting started can be a bit of a challenge. Maybe you have some vague idea about what you want but not clue how to get it. Or perhaps you sit down to think about everything you have to do and get completely intimidated, freezing up and feeling incapable of taking the first step. This is a common experience, and it’s the reason so many people fall short of turning their dreams into reality. They try to eat the whole elephant in a single bite.