How to Eat an Elephant


What is the biggest dream or goal you have right now?

Is it Getting fit, making a career change or becoming a master communicator?

But have you not started or have got stuck because these goals are so HUGE and OVERWHELMING? Even if you have started are you overwhelmed by what is required to FINISH?

Hands up who knows how to eat an elephant? The answer is “one mouthful at a time”.

How about the phrase: “The journey of a thousand miles starts with?  A single step.

How do these statements relate to our goals?

There is a strategy for tackling what appears to be an OVERWHELMING goal so HUGE we are stunned into procrastination by its sheer ENORMITY

How many of you have felt like that?  I know I have.

Big goals and challenges are tackled in the same way as smaller goals, one step or bite at a time.

It is like taking a long car journey over night. Say you were driving from Sydney to Brisbane. It is a distance of nearly one thousand kilometers and 12-hours of driving.

Your vision goes only as far as your headlights. Your attention is always be on the road in front of you, your intermediate intention is the next town or the refuelling stop. You have faith that as every kilometer passes you are that much closer to your destination – even though you don’t see it completely from where you started, its in your MIND.

I’m going to tell you how to achieve your elephant sized goals.

First visualise your goal and imagine how you will feel once you have achieved the goal – what does it look like? what does it sound like?  what does it feel like? what does it taste like? and maybe what does it smell like? Use all your senses to visualise your future reality. Your PASSION is the fuel that ggw thrive on!

The second step for achieving elephant sized goals is deciding on the steps required to take you forward It is important that these steps are comfortable and challenging but won’t over stretch you otherwise you will become demotivated. The right size step will allow a steady pace that can be easily maintained.

Each step should be discrete, having a finishing point with something to celebrate. You need to congratulate yourself after you walked 30 minutes today, put five dollars in your saving account or read a few pages from a book.

How could you achieve the goal of having a rich vocabulary?

Would you take a month off work to read the dictionary from cover to cover and try to memorise the contents?

A painless and quick method is to learn just one new word a day. Buy a packet of index cards and every day, look up a new word and write its meaning and an example sentence on the card. Put the card on display so you can see it and use the word throughout the day.

This only takes a couple of minutes each day but in one year you will learn 365 new words which is almost as much as some people’s total grasp of the English language!

The third step for achieving elephant sized goals is regularity, usually daily.

You need to have persistence in taking the small regular steps, and the way to do this is by making it a regular habit.

I have read in several places, that establishing a new habit requires 30 days. Therefore remind yourself for the next 30 days to take your next step. I write a reminder in my diary, but a monthly calendar is also very effective for crossing off each day as the task is completed.

Imagine you want to improve your impromptu speaking and become the Table Topics champion? Each day for the next 30 days, give yourself a topic, and practice speaking for 2 minutes. Practice in front of the family, or by yourself in the park. The important thing is to practice daily but only for 2 minutes

That is how we improve here at Toastmasters … we become better speakers by speaking …. One speech at a time.

The goals each and every one of you desire are attainable. It is possible to save significant amounts of money… saving $5 each working day in a year will return … can you work it out.. $1200. So giving up your cappuccino habit could finance your next holiday!

Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will have a positive effect on your health and waistline.

Starting today, claim that big dream and choose comfortable, achievable, steps . Establish the habit to regularly take these steps. You will reach your goal and once there you should celebrate your success!

Imagine how you will feel having achieved your goals but looking back it didn’t seem difficult at all. You hardly realised you were working on the goals.

Small steps taken through regular habit will make your elephant sized goal a reality. What a formula for success!

Starting today, what steps do you need to take to reach your big goal?


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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