How to eat an elephant?

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

No, I do not eat nor am I condoning eating an actual elephant. *No elephants were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

I love using this metaphor to describe how you tackle big goals, or projects, i.e. you break it into smaller more manageable pieces. It may seem simple enough, but it’s amazing how many leaders become overwhelmed, and fail to break the goals/project into smaller pieces.

There are many different goals that can seem overwhelming at first. 

  • I don’t delegate, because I don’t think my team know how to do the job as well as I do.
  • I don’t know how to grow my network
  • I don’t speak up in meetings because I don’t want to interrupt others.
  • I don’t lead meetings because I am nervous.
  • I am stressed because I don’t have time for myself

Whatever the goal, start with breaking it into pieces:

  • What would be the first thing you need to get done? What’s the easiest or smallest task that can be delegated?
  • What’s the smallest step you can take towards this goal? Can you attend one network event, and speak to one person.  Can you take a lunch break or coffee break outside, and not in front off your computer?
  • Who can help you to progress in this goal? Can you learn from someone who is an expert at leading meetings?
  • Then take the first small step. 

About Racheal: 

As an Organisational Psychologist, and Executive Coach, I have worked with leaders internationally to build resilience and create strategies to become more effective. I have developed an online platform to connect and grow leaders. You will find mentorship stories from senior leaders, learn how to become more resilient, have access to bite size leadership lessons, and engage with a coach. Please connect if you would like to learn more.

Coaching can be defined as a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that supports them to identify and take steps that move them between their current reality to where he or she wants to be. The biggest impact of coaching occurs when there is a shift in a person’s thinking, (or aha moments). Shifts in how we perceive the world occur because what we experience changes through the questions that are asked.



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