How do you eat an elephant?

Perhaps you know the answer to this one? One bite at a time…

When I think about change, I think about this question. Change is challenging yet it is something we do all the time. Or perhaps I should say it is something we attempt all the time.

Maybe you’ve heard the statistics thrown around about New Year’s resolution success rates. (If you haven’t, they aren’t great!) It could be that you make the same resolution year after year. After year…

One option is to give up. Who wants to eat an elephant anyway? That may be a valid choice. But maybe giving up isn’t a great idea. Maybe the goal is important. Maybe it isn’t optional. Maybe it’s a deep, deep desire that you are not ready to abandon.

So when facing big changes against difficult odds, what’s one to do? It’s big, it’s a bit overwhelming, and a little scary. Take a deep breath and remember the elephant question.

Take one little step at a time
Break it down!

If your desired change was the elephant, what “bite” (small step) could you take to get started? What can you start doing…or stop doing…that will move you in the direction you want to go?

I’ve recently quit a sugar habit. It’s been a while in the making and, don’t get me wrong, I still plan to have sugar as an occasional treat. But in getting here, I took baby steps. First, I quit drinking soda. I kept at that until it was easy and I no longer missed it.

Then I stopped eating candy treats. After that, I drove past my favorite ice cream establishment rather than driving through. The final baby step was cutting my beloved latte flavoring down to one pump of syrup. Now, I no longer even miss those.

Because I took it in tiny steps it was easier than I expected to cut sugar and far more successful than when I tried to do it all at once.

Do you have a goal you’ve been working on? What little step will you take to move you in the right direction? Comment below and let me know!

P.S. I do not condone eating elephants. Just google “baby elephant gif”; so much cuteness! Until then, here’s a little one to admire:

Baby Elephant
Photo by Chen Hu on Unsplash


2 thoughts on “How do you eat an elephant?

  1. The beginning of my evolution of change came after the loss my dear Mom 2 years ago. As I started to come out of the darkness I realized I was just existing even though I have been married for almost 25 years…a mom and a grandmother with a full time career. It took me a while but I have discovered self worth. I hate that it took so long and the passing of my mother to realize that I am just as important as the people I love. I am still changing and evolving and at times it can be scary..but I am feeling more alive and now welcome the discomfort of that change…it tells me that I am worth every bit of energy I put forward to live and enjoy life again. I like to think my mother would be proud…I know I am proud of myself.

    1. Danielle, thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to have taken so long to see it. Making big changes in our lives can be difficult but is so worth the patience and persistence. As a mother myself, I do believe yours would be very, very proud!

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