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:

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Moving With Purpose

Purpose

Move like you’ve got a purpose in life!  That’s what Drill Sergents would yell at us recruits durining basic training if they caught us moving slowly (way back in 1987).Purpose

We knew what our purpose was.  To become lean, mean, green, killing machines.  Everything we did, read, and ate was toward fullfilling that purpose.

What’s your purpose in life, for your business, family, etc.  If you don’t know then you can’t move with purpose.  Instead you’re likely tossed about by every wind of doctrine.

By the way, this is not something I’ve got down 100% for myself.  I’m preaching to me here more than to you.

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.

Why people reject the idea of failure

There are plenty of reasons why people reject the idea of failure, two of them are.

1.  Their view point of failure is rooted in the industrial age.  Then success was about getting BIG, and selling lots of stuff, in order to achieve economies of scale.  Building a big factory, hiring lots of people, and stocking lots of parts, was expensive and time consuming so the proposition of failure had to be weeded out.

So we coined phrases like ‘Failure is not an option’.

2.  Although times have changed peoples views have not.  Today success is about being small, connecting with people willing to spread your ideas, and failing forward.  Build something small, focus on a small sub-group of users, and fail small and often until you hit a home run.

We need a new phrase like ‘Failure must be an option’.