Eat That Elephant – How To Accomplish Goals

How to accomplish goals

That elephant is the mammoth goal you set which seems impossible to accomplish.  It’s daunting. Weighs you down to think about it.

  • It’s the 5 inches I want to lose off my waist.How to accomplish goals
  • It’s the $1,000,000 in new sales you want to do this year.
  • It’s the 4.0 you want this semester
  • It’s the $100,000 in crowd funding you want to attract
  • It’s becoming a movie star
  • or just about any monumental goal you can think of

How to accomplish goals

To eat that elephant do 3 things

  1. Stop looking at it as a whole elephant.  You can’t eat an elephant…no one can.  Instead break the elephant down into small bite size chunks…yum!
  2. Automate those small chunks where possible.
  3. Never, never give up

How to view that elephant as bite sized chunks

Set large goals that challenge you, but not so large they paralyze you.  Break a large goal like, doing $1,000,000 in sales into small manageable easily measurable chunks.  For example: You could say I will meet with 10 new prospective clients each week.  I will do 5 proposals each week.  See measurable and attainable.

The power of automation

The idea here is to think less and act more.  Once you know the correct thing to do automate it.  If you put yourself in a position to think sometimes you’ll convince yourself not to do that thing you’ve already figured out is the right thing to do.

Example: Losing 5 inches on my waist will boil down to mostly small changes in my diet (at least I hope so).  What I already know: for best results eat within 3o minutes of waking (breakthefast), eat nuts,  low fat greek yogurt, and drinking lots of water everyday.  So I automate it.

Each week I buy ten 5 ounce cups of greek yogurt and stick them in the frige.  I keep large packs of walnuts on hand.  First thing I do when I wake up each morning: drink 16 ounces of cold water (yes I measure it), eat one 5 ounce cup of yogurt, and have a handful of walnuts as a snack about 2 hours later.

I’ve automated my first two meals of the day.  I don’t think about it. I just do it. No thinking allowed until lunch.  Look for ways to automate the small task (the chunks) that lead to the greater success (the elephant) you want.

Never giving up

This may sound over rated but the fact is most people simply give up to soon.  They don’t stick with their weight loss habits.  They tire of rejection so they stop making calls.

The most difficult part of anything is the start.  Once you get going don’t guit.  Find the necessary motivation to keep pushing forward.  Every step you take brings you closer to your goal.

Something to make you go…Hmm!

Early in life basket ball hall of famer Ervin Magic Johnson decided he wanted to go to the NBA (definite elephant).  To accomplish this he made a smaller goal to shot 100 free throws every day.  His neighbors tell stories of him as a kid shooting the free throws outside in rain and snow storms (commitment).

More insight and motivation on how to accomplish goals and eat elephants:

See It Through

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The Problem With Doing What You Want

The problem with doing what you want is is that the responsibility for commitment and execution is all on you.  There’s no one else to point the finger at for your situation.  Adam tried blaming God when he said “The woman you gave me…” see Genesis 3:12.

It’s the same for saying what you want.  The responsibility for your words are yours.  Words are like toothpaste…once they’re out you can’t put them back, so be careful.

Bart Simpson learned this lesson.

Art, Inflection Points, High Achievers and Low-Achievers

All art projects begin slow, with a high risk of failure and they build to an inflection point.

An art project is what you do….it’s your gift to the world….it could be your poetry, your blog posts, your pictures, the pizzas you make (in my case BBQ), the sermons you preach, your comedy, etc. It’s your art with your unique spin.  It’s what you do that if you suddenly did not show up your tribe would miss you.

An inflection point is where an art project turns a corner and begins to payoff.  The results only you believed in are now clearly in sight.  There’s little chance at failure.  Everybody wants in now.

Achievers are not always better artist than non-achievers…they’re just better at sticking around until the inflection point.

In case you need encouragement to stick.

See It Through – Edgar Albert Guest

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!
Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!
Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!
By Edgar Albert Guest

Self Doubt

There’s a little, tiny voice that speaks to you.  It tells you things like…

  • You can’t do….
  • You’re not good enough!
  • You’re too….
  • You might fail!
  • They’re going to laugh at you!
  • etc, etc, etc.

Acknowledge it so that you can ignore it!