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Take a Baby Step

January 12, 2009

Take a Baby Step

by Charmaine Hunte


Question:  What is the best way to eat an elephant?


Doesn’t feel like each task on your To Do list is an elephant?  With a long list ahead of you and not enough time in the day to complete your list, it is easy to get overwhelmed.


How To Eat An Elephant 

Answer:  The best way to eat an elephant is 1 bite at a time.


To challenge the urge of overwhelm you need to CHARGE through it.  We all are built to take the path of least resistance; however there are times when we need the resistance to grow.  The next time you have a large task to complete break it up into small manageable tasks.  This helps to increase confidence, which is boosted even more with every task you are able to check off your list.


Another way to eat your elephant is to set a time limit of completion.  If there is a task you are avoiding, chances are you have delayed the start time.  Instead, why not set a start time, the duration time and stick to it.


Is this your year to write the next great novel, but don’t know where to start?  Make an appointment with yourself for 1 day this week for 1 hour to sit down and work on your outline.


One of 2 things will happen.

  1. You’ll finish in less than an hour.
  2. It will take more than an hour, but you will be much further along than if you had made no appointment at all.


Imagine if you applied this principle to other areas of your life, your achievement possibilities would be endless.  Part of the problem of delayed tasks is that we still feel the weight of the elephant in our subconscious mind whether we start or not.  The only way to lift the weight is to do the task, so you might as well start now in order to lose the mental weight.


Are you ready to lift the elephant off your mind?


Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated.


See ya next week!

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