How To Eat An Elephant

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:12
Posted in category Small Steps

eat_an_elephant-100x100So you have some enormous goal that’s as big as an elephant and you want it NOW! What’s the best way to get results immediately? It’s actually quite simple. It’s always been simple. You just take one small step at a time.

As much as we’d all like to click our heels together and be right where we want to be in an instant, it just isn’t realistic. Anything worth doing takes time, effort, and patience. I honestly believe the reason so few of us can keep our New Year’s resolutions, or truly attain any goals, for that matter, is because we’ve become an instant-gratification society.

We’ve forgotten what good ol’ fashioned hard work can accomplish. If we want dinner, we don’t have to hunt down our prey, skin it, gut it, and roast it over a fire we worked tirelessly to get going. We can simply go to the freezer, pull out some pre-packaged meal, nuke it in the microwave, and we have dinner in under 5 minutes.

While it’s great that we can get so much done with so little effort, most of us believe we shouldn’t have to work too hard or wait too long for our desires to materialize. Now, while that works great with dinner preparation and watching television; it just doesn’t apply to most of our real-world goals. It just is NOT possible to lose 40 pounds overnight, to learn a foreign language in a day, or save up for a trip around the world in a week.

Patience truly is a virtue. We must be patient with ourselves. If we fall, we have to dust ourselves off and get going again. Don’t let small bumps in the road derail you. Just map out your course with small steps to success. You can’t eat an elephant in one bite, but if you keep taking small bites, he’ll be gone before you know it!

For that reason, I’m starting a new category on here I’m calling “small steps”. In this category, I’ll post little “mini-missions”. These tiny steps will be things that will be small changes we can all make to feel better, treat our bodies better, or to stay motivated. So be looking for those posts in the very near future.

Until then, take small steps (bites), stay focused, remember WHY you want it, and you will succeed!

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