Have you ever been to a place where you just wanted to skip the whole college experience and just get your degree. Or was there ever a time you wanted to just loose 20 pounds without going to the gym? Have you ever had a dream home that you envisioned that you automatically just wanted to move in like today? Or how about the time you think about how you want to just get married this weekend and skip the dating process?Have you ever just had an idea to open a business and you’ve seen yourself with your dream job but you just haven’t even finished getting your thought together. Have you ever felt like you wanted to become an Author but you never even wrote the first paragraph.
Girl! In this episode, I am going to explain to you how to eat the elephant.
When I say the elephant, I’m referring the the end results of your goal. The elephant is the house you want, the degree you want to obtain, that husband you desire, or your ideal weight. See, a lot of times, we see the end results and don’t want to go through the process. A lot of times, you want to be the principal but haven’t mastered being the teacher. You want to be the top sales person in your company but haven’t mastered the first sale. And that’s just to name a few. There are three main points that I want to leave with you today and I really want you to understand this.
Once you understand the process, you will know how important it is to take things step by step. What I want you to do is to take baby steps. See, a lot of times we dream of being a millionaire, but we can’t even manage the $1,000.00 that we have. We see the end results but don’t want to take the necessary steps to actually accomplish those goals. Let’s be honest, we are so used to getting things quickly but it doesn’t work like with success.
A lot of times we see Steve Harvey for what he is today. He’s a millionaire, has been on several different TV shows, he has a talk show, he’s done comedy and he has a beautiful wife. But we overlook that fact that he’s been homeless for three years. We overlook the fact that he got $50 for his first comedy act. We overlook that fact that he’s been married before, and we overlook the fact that he started his comedy career going from small gigs to small gigs. What I want you to realize in this episode is how to eat the elephant. And the answer is, One bite at a time.
The first thing you need to do is to
Develop Your Plan
My question to you is what’s your plan? What’s your strategy? How do you plan to get that dream house that you want? How much money do you have to save per week or per day so that you can have a down payment? Are you saving 8-12% of your income to accomplish your goals?
What’s the thing that you are going to cut out so that you can save? Will you minimize or diminish shopping? The reason why you need to develop a plan is because if you don’t know where you are going then any road will take you there. Developing your plan means that no matter what you won’t deviate from the plan. See, when you develop your plan and stick to the plan then you will be unstoppable.
You can’t expect a body builder to compete with someone who barely works out. Why, because the body builder had a plan to workout out daily to build the stamina that they have. When you develop your plan, you recognize where you are and you make the necessary steps on how you will get there.
You identify what’s important, and you are able to define what you are able to achieve. While you develop your plan, your goals are written down in someway shape or form. It’s either on a vision board, so you can see it daily. You say your plans out loud as affirmations, or you can even write them down and reflect on them each night. Whatever method you choose, you must develop a plan.
Without first setting your goals correctly, it is impossible to focus on a plan to achieve them. That is why goal setting is so vital important because it helps you to remain focused. Even when you don’t feel like it.
So the way to eat the elephant, is one bite at a time. Develop a plan and strategy and I guarantee it, before you know it, you will have eaten the elephant.
2. The second point that I want to leave with you is the importance of knowing how things comes in parts. As we talk about the elephant, and how to eat it, we must understand that the elephant has different parts of it’s body. Which will you tackle first? The ear, trunk, tusks, legs or tails. A lot of times we don’t master anything because we try to do different parts at one time. Or I’ll say it like this, because we are so multifaceted we tend to be an accountant one day, a hairstylist on another day, a counselor the next, and maybe a photographer as well. Sometimes, and I’m sure you know plenty of individuals who are a jack of all trades but master none. I know that we all have many different capabilities and talents, but we get mixed up because we try to do too much at a time.Understand the importance of taking things in parts. Yes, we play different roles in our life, and we try to manage so much but we must understand the importance of taking things not only as one step at a time, but one part at a time. When you begin to master that one thing, you will begin to see how things will blossom into bigger and better things. I’ll give you a prime example.
Oprah started off on the news. Then she became a talk show host. After that she had her own channel. She focused on the OWN Network and once she mastered that, then she had her magazine, she added super soul Sunday, and now she even have recipes in her name. But it didn’t start out like that. She literally took things in parts. She mastered the art of being on the news, then as a talk show host to now, owning her own network.
If she would have started with the OWN magazine I’m sure that she wouldn’t have the same results. So the biggest way to eat the elephant is to take one bite at a time, and do things in parts.
Quick question? Have you ever got bit by an elephant? I’ll ask that questions again. Have you ever been bit by an elephant? I’m sure the answer is “NO” What I want you to realize is that it’s not the big things that bit us, it’s the small things. 9 times out of ten you will have been bit by a knot or a mosquito. It’s always the small things that keep us from accomplishing our goals. That brings me to point number three.
3. There’s blessings in the details. Have you ever heard the scripture, be faithful over few then you will be ruler over many? How about a qute that says, “if you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.” How do you expect to get a new car and you don’t take care the one you have? How do you expect to get a new house when you don’t take care of the one you have? When you are eating the elephant you not only have to take small bites at a time, but you must know that the details matter and in order to get whatever you want, you must pay attention to everything. Always know that it’s the little things that make the big things happen.
In closing, I want you to always remember how to eat the elephant, and that’s one bite at a time. Some may look at the elephant and think it’s impossible. Some may think that’s it’s to much to handle, and other’s may give up before completing the task.
But as you live A Rich Life, you know that you eat the elephant, one bite at a time.
Thanks so much for listening and I can’t wait to talk to you soon.