How do you eat an elephant?

My elephant that I want to eat is “weight” right now.

It will take steps, lots of steps – too many steps for one day. Just like the elephant of learning a new language, or creating a new habit. Digestible chunks a bit at a time.

I will be parking at the far end of parking lots or even a block away. No elevators, only stairs. I went out and bought waterproof walking boots yesterday so even the days of slush ahead won’t deter this stepper from his route.

Whatever you want to change, I encourage you to find a way to break it down into pieces. Take steps toward your goal, even small steps in the right direction are progress. Hugs !

Life and Random Thinking

No, I’m absolutely not proposing a new kind of Atkins diet where you eat elephants. Yuck! It’s a metaphor for accomplishing a big task. The answer is in small bites(and probably chew thoroughly)   🙂

elephantReally what I am talking about  is slowly achieving tasks, like:

  • riding a bike,
  • learning a language,
  • public speaking
  • training your body (or mind)
  • developing a new skill.

When we do gradually invest time in an activity over a long period, we gradually build up our comfort level and learn easily, digestible chunks!

The first time you drove a car, you were scared, stiff movements but now getting in and driving is totally relaxed.

The same thing learning to ride a bike, at first you wobbled and weaved, but as you invested time, gradually it was something that no longer made you nervous at all. Hop on, and off!

The same for so many things, I…

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I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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8 Responses to How do you eat an elephant?

  1. You are so right, I think that is why we all fail at things like that from time to time, we try to break off a chunk that is way to big and we get discouraged. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Southern Patches says:

    Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes I am so impatient wanting to know things and be able to do things immediately whether I have ever done them or not. A nice message.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you also for your encouraging comment. Elephants take time, they are challenging so just one tiny bit at a time. One of my favorite stories is The Hobbit. The whole adventure started at his front door, with one tiny step, and then another. Imagine if we all started making small steps right from our own front door. – David

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  3. Sandra J says:

    That is the best way to approach it Don, baby steps, with anything in life. Getting started is the hard part and buying water proof shoes is having the right mind set. 🙂

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  4. Sandra J says:

    I meant to write Dave not Don, my fingers type faster than what my mind thinks. 🙂

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