How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant


“There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” – Desmond Tutu

So many things in life can seem daunting and even impossible. But they don’t always have to be.

Stepping outside our comfort zone is one of the best ways to grow! If we keep doing the same things, we will keep getting the same results.

The only thing is, getting started on major goals can be very stressful and challenging. Just because you know what you want, doesn’t mean you know how to get there. So many people will try and eat their elephant in one sitting, instead of taking it one bite at a time.

So, now the question is, how are you supposed to eat your elephant one bite at a time? Keep on reading to learn more.

Be Specific

No matter what you want to achieve, you have to be extremely specific about what you want.

Here’s an example. 

It’s easy to say “Okay, this year I want to be healthy!”

That’s an amazing goal, but it is not specific. Instead, you can say…

“This year I will participate in 30 minutes of physical activity a week.”


Sometimes, when we set goals, it’s hard to know when we’re done or if we are even on the right path.

Let’s say you’d like to renovate a room in your home.

That’s a great goal, but again it will require several steps, dedication and organization.

Once a week you can sit down and write out a list of everything you’d like to get done that week such as swatching paint colors or browsing the internet for inspiration. 


What’s realistic to one person may not be realistic for you, and that’s okay.

You know yourself better than anyone. If a goal feels way too big, chances are it probably is. You have to walk before you can run. 


All goals take work, dedication and consistency.

Working towards a goal is a process and not every day will be smooth sailing.

You just have to keep reminding yourself your why, and how great you will feel when you reach the finish line.

If a goal doesn’t inspire you, it will be very hard to stay motivated.


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

You’ve got to set mini-deadlines and commit to them.

It’s easy for goals without solid deadlines to drag on and never end. Having a deadline can also help keep you motivated and on the ball.

You’ve got this!