How to Eat an Elephant
I recently returned from a wonderful vacation in the U.S. Ispent some time with my family, visited some friends, andspent three weeks in Alaska, climbing Mt. McKinley. Mt. McKinley,or Denali, is the highest mountain in North America. Before I started the climb, I asked a climber who had justflown off the mountain if he had any last-minute advice."Climb one day at a time," he said wisely.
Our lead guide, who has six summits of Mt. Everest,reinforced this sage advice when he asked us, "How do youeat an elephant?" The answer, of course, is "One bite at atime." I'm taking this for granted, because I have nevereaten an elephant, nor do I plan to. It made me think,however, that we all have our own "elephants" to eat.Sometimes it is best to remind ourselves to "eat" them onebite at a time.
Our unforgettable climb began at 7,200 feet where wearrived by aircraft at the Kahiltna glacier. The thought ofascending to 20,320 over a distance of about 15 miles(somewhat steep) was a little daunting that first day. After 5days, we had only reached 11,000 feet but had coveredmore than half of the horizontal distance. This meant that theremaining elevation gain would be quite rapid. It wasimportant to travel slowly, both for acclimatization purposesand to become stronger rather than weaker as the climbcontinued.
We reached the summit 13 days after we landed on themountain. At times we traveled no faster than 1/4 mile perhour, breathing at a rate of 2-3 breaths per step as theamount of available oxygen gradually diminished. Therewere times when I thought I could only take one more step.So I would take it, and then I'd take one more, and onemore, until I had climbed for two more hours.
Every day I stayed focused on that day. I didn't think aboutall the climbing that lay ahead, just what my task for that daywas. At the beginning of each day, I knew I could do whathad to be done, whereas if I thought too far ahead, I might havedoubted my ability to finish.
What is the elephant in your life? Do you have a task that youhave been putting off because it seems to big too tackle? Whatabout a change you want to make in your life that would requiretime, patience and courage?
Write down at the top of a sheet of paper what it is that you want to do. Make a timeline for completion, and break the task into smaller, less intimidating steps. Continue breaking thetask down until you think you can manage each individual step.
Now start eating that elephant!
If you would like some support "eating your elephant," pleasedon't hesitate to send me an email!
Jenni Fogle, Personal Coachhttp://www.vitaricca.com
Please email [email protected] to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter or for more information about how coaching can enrich your life!
I Give Up! How to NOT Say Those Words!
Boy, I tell you..
Elements of Change
The key to achieving more than you currently are, no matter which area of your life or work you are focusing in on now, is change. The old saying rings true: If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you've already got.
We Are Trying To
How many times have you heard this in your life? Perhaps you have said it yourself. We are trying to accomplish something here.
Choose Your Suffering - Be Willing to Pay the Price for Success!
One day when my friend Todd and I were having lunch, he let me know the best piece of marital advice he ever received. He said "Phil, It's up to you.
3 Great Ways To Stay Motivated At Work
Staying motivated at work is easier than you think when you know what to do.1.
Creating Your Best Year Ever
January is synonymous with resolutions and getting organized is high on many people's list. Unfortunately, perhaps some of us make a resolution, when what we really want is a revolution.
Persistence will carve you as a leader in your industry. Persistence is where you get mental strength.
How to Use the Power of Words to Your Benefit
Someone I know maintains that "motivational words are great coming from philosophers, but that's because they're not in the real world." The power of words can be an incredible aid to helping us remain motivated and focused.
Secrets to Motivating Yourself and Others
There is hardly anything more personal that what motivates each of us to perform in a work environment. Here's some insight into how to choose the best "carrot" to motivate both yourself .
Motivation: 3 Keys to Lasting Change
David Bowie once sang, "Ch-ch-changes, tryin' to face the strain."There are times in life when trying to change can be a strain.
How Mind Implants Increase Business Success
If your business isn't as successful as you envision, what's holding you back? You might say it's a lack of capital, a lack ofemployees, a lack of *great* employees, a lack of time, a lack ofinventory, a lack of ..
Procrastination: Make It Work FOR You!
Man, I love to procrastinate! And I'm pretty darn good at it, too. Would you believe I started writing this article almost six months ago? Yep.
How To Avoid Being Labelled As Average
When your life is over how will you be graded? Will you get an A or a B or will you get a C Average? Will your time on this earth be rated as average? None of us want to be average. We all want to be successful.
7 Hot Tips For Self Improvement Part 2
Self Improvement Tip 4 Don't procrastinate! The more you put something off and something else off, the more all your undesirable chores pile up.Until they're an insurmountable task that would make a paid cleaning crew shudder.
How To Harness The Awesome, Unstoppable Power Of Persistence In 4 Easy Steps
Never underestimate the power of persistence!If you persist you really cannot fail.While you may fail many times along the way, you have nottruly failed until you accept failure.
King Solomon said "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he as he continues to think so he remains. Aristotle said "What we expect that we find.
By Planning and Exerting Effort, You Can Change Things For The Better
Most of us plan to find the love of our life, our soul mate. It is a natural human instinct to find a partner.
The Untold Truth About Mentors, and Why You DONT Need One
I think there is a misconception about what a mentor truly is. A mentor is someone who guides you, someone wise, someone you trust.
Habit Change--Six Steps to Success
As every New Year approaches, many of us are doing the usual?thinking, "This year will be different. I'm going to change?(fill in the blanks)?my work habits, my attitudes.
Vanity Killed My Car
When I was a freshman in college, my first car was a 1973 Dodge Swinger. Stop laughing! When I first bought the car it was quite sad looking.