One Elephant Coming Up…

Have you ever been confronted with a project or task that at first glance seemed doable but after you started working on it, it became daunting or overwhelming?  I know I have!  When I first decided that I would launch this blog, I approached it from a general stand point.  By that I mean I didn’t look at what it would take to make it happen as parts of a larger goal.  I just dumped everything into one pile and went for it.  It was that mentality that almost caused me to give up on my goal.  As I began work on the project I began to see that it was much more to it than I bargained for.  I had to go back to the drawing board and begin again – several times!

Yes, God assures us in His word that we can accomplish great things, even those things that seem impossible.  His word also tells us that we can do anything we set our hands to because of the power that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit.  But we must also be wise when setting out to complete large tasks for the following reasons:

  • You can avoid “crashing and burning”
  • You can gauge your progress
  • You will be able to precisely delegate parts of the project to others who can assist you with its completion
  • You will have a continued sense of accomplishment while you are working on the project


How to eat an elephant

Well, one bite at a time of course!  Yes, I know that’s not a new revelation and it may seem silly, but the underlying meaning is an important one to grasp if you have a great task ahead of you.  You must take time to set the “steps to progress” for your task or project.  Otherwise, you run the risk of quitting and giving up on your goal and you increase the likelihood that you won’t revisit the goal in the future.

Put first things first

The book of Proverbs is a very special book in the Bible because it provides us with simple truths that we can apply to our everyday life.  Intentional planning must be our first step.

Proverbs 24:27 (AMP), “[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home.”

We must keep the main thing, the main thing!  There are aspects that must first be in place in order for a task to come together successfully in the end.  We can get so excited for the end result that we try to consume the entire “elephant” at once and all we wind up with in the end is a stomach ache.

Get started!

The late Zig Ziegler said, “You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great.”  Be careful so that you don’t get stuck in planning mode.  Don’t be a victim of “analysis paralysis”.  Perfectionism is a close relative of procrastination!  Do not dwell too much on the details – GET GOING!  The sooner you get started, the closer you will be to your goal!

QUESTION:  What projects do you have that can you restructure and break down into smaller parts to increase the chances of you completing the goals?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Rachel L. Proctor

Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at

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