“You must eat the elephant one bite at a time.” – Twi Proverb
I came across this quote and I had to laugh out loud when I read it and the accompanying passage because it was so relevant to me. I was working on a project that involves details – my weakness! I am good at seeing the big picture and highlighting the steps that are needed to get it done. However, implementing minute details frustrate me a lot. Hence, just a few minutes earlier, I was thinking, if I could eliminate some of the steps, I could complete this project sooner. You may be wondering what does all this, including eating an elephant, have to do with self-improvement, trusting the process, etc.?
Well, everything has a beginning, middle and an end. No matter what the situation, we cannot get to the end without the other two. In some instances, especially when it is something positive, we become excited and rush through the steps, missing one or two (sound familiar), because we want to see the outcome. In unpleasant situations, we rush through because we want it to end quickly.
Despite the situation, positive or negative, we have to go through a PROCESS so enjoy it while you are at it! This is important not only to projects but definitely relevant as regards to how we live our lives also. If we are going through life in a rush to get from point A to Z, there are so many letters that we may miss along the way. All of which – together, makes up the alphabet. Slowing down and moving step by step has many benefits. Some of which are:
- It help you to relax and enjoy what you are doing.
- You’re more likely to be open to possibilities and learn new things, not only about the project but most important – ABOUT YOURSELF, that can enhance your life.
- It enhance the quality of your interactions and relationships
- It saves time because when we rush we often have to start over or spend precious time trying to fix things.
In the big scheme of things, this journey that we call life is all about being the best you. Face it, we came into it with nothing and when it is time for us to exit, we will be leaving with nothing.
What other benefits do you see happening for you if you slowed down and begin to eat the elephant one bite at a time?
I really urge you to share this posting with at least one other person. You’d be surprise the difference it may make in their life.
Until next time…
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