One Bite At A Time

I feel so uninspired today—and even though I have big, lofty goals, I do not have the ambition to write. Then I realized…

We are halfway though the year! 

What a wake-up call! So, I had to have a little heart-to-heart with myself and then I assessed the progress I have made with my goals this year. 

It is really easy to be hard on myself, but it is also important to take note of my accomplishments. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in May. That has been a goal of mine for the last ten years—and I’ve finally experienced my dream coming true! 

When I think of receiving my degree, I feel strengthened and encouraged.  However, when I think about the fact that I haven’t written a book this year, I judge myself harshly. 

We put a lot of expectations on ourselves. 

I am writing this to remind you that things take time. My Master’s Degree took 3.5 years to finish, and it was an insurmountable workload at times. There were many moments when I felt unworthy, insignificant, and less of an academic when I compared myself with other people—but—I didn’t quit. I put in long hours and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. 

My mom would perpetually ask me one question that would alleviate unnecessary stress. She would ask, “How do you eat an elephant?” My response, “One bite at a time.” 

Maybe you have an elephant of a goal. Perhaps you are looking at the behemoth of a project in front of you and you feel like giving up. 

Please don’t give up. 

  • What is one bite that you can take today?
  • What is something that you can work on right now, or something you can work on tonight after dinner, even if it is only for 30 minutes?

Trust me, the 30 minutes you invest today, will result in a smaller elephant. Soon, you will feel thrilled that the elephant is out of the room as you see your hard work pay off. 

You have half of 2019 left to make this whole year great. What are you going to do? I encourage you to take a bite out of that elephant today.  And remember, good things take time. When you have a mouthful, make sure you take some time to rest before your next meal.


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