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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Achieving Goals One Bite at a Time

How many of us at one time or another have said “I’d like to (insert idea here)” and talked on and on about how great life could be if you just did that one thing, whatever it was?  Did you want to start your own business?  Travel to an exotic place?  Train chimps for the circus?

What was it that stopped you from going after what you wanted? Did you feel it was not achievable or you didn’t have the skills? Did you just not know how to begin your journey toward that goal and therefore never took the first step? Guess what, you are definitely not the only one who has done that. We’ve all done it at one time or another, that’s just part of being a human being.


How Do You Eat an Elephant ?

how do you eat an elephant one bite at a time

But what do think would happen if you actually began taking consistent action toward the goal you wanted to achieve? When you begin taking even the smallest step you automatically begin the process of achieving that goal and actually begin attaining small pieces of that goal with every step you take.  It’s like eating an elephant, it may take time to do it, but you do it one bite at a time.

Most of the time you will run into roadblocks, large or small, that you have to maneuver over, under, or around to continue toward what you want. Achieving any goal takes time and many small steps along the way.  There is always a test waiting for you whenever you are trying for something better.   You have to expect that and get through that test to earn what it is you’re trying to achieve. If you don’t earn it and it’s just given to you, it will never last too long.


You Have to Earn It

For instance, the average lottery winner ends up broke within five years. How is that possible? It’s because they didn’t earn it. They didn’t spend days, weeks or years grooming their actions and thought processes to cause them to achieve millionaire status. They didn’t build a business or spend time inventing something or investing.

Therefore, they never see themselves as a millionaire, and therefore don’t know what to do when they get to be one. So they blow it on gambling, exotic cars, stupid business deals, loans that don’t get paid back, etc. It’s easy come and easy go. Since they didn’t earn it, it was too easy to let go of it.


Clean Up Your Mess

I find the same type of roadblock thinking a lot when I’m talking to people about getting out of debt. They like to talk about it, they think it’s a good idea and they even say they want to do it, but then they stop short of actually committing themselves to action. They don’t want to take action and step out of their comfort zone to actually do something, or they start but don’t continue when they reach the first roadblock.

I know this is a little indelicate, but it’s like the small child who is not yet potty trained, it’s easier just to sit in your own nasty mess than to get up and go to the bathroom. It may be a mess, but at least it’s warm and it’s mine.


One Bite at a Time

In Proverbs 14:23-24 the Bible says “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty…” So here is your challenge. Whatever you want to do, get out of debt, build your own business, feed the third world, or open your own flea circus, take that first small step, then the second, third and so on until you have reached your goal. When there are obstacles in your way, do what it takes to get past them. Reaching your goal may take months, years, or even decades, but remember, God will reward your diligence EVERY time!

Did you have a goal that you actually achieved?  How’d you get there?

Did you ever have a goal or dream and never followed through?

Leave a comment and tell me about it.


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