The old adage, ‘How do you eat an elephant? A bite at a time.’ is useful to remember when we are overwhelmed by some seemingly impossible task. Write that book? Learn to dance? Deliver a speech? Whatever comes to us as an opportunity that seems impossible may be just the thing that would make our heart sing!
I believe each of us has a ‘hero’s heart’ that intends and wants the best for us. What might come to us as an idea or vision might be that heart offering us an opportunity to expand and enrich our life. But, unfortunately, our monkey mind begins to discourage us, warning us of failure, disappointment, even danger. If we listen, we never try. If we ignore monkey mind, we might start out well, but then begin to experience anxiety about the goal or project. A mountain is looming before us!
What can help is to keep a vision, but create a focus of a task at a time, or ‘a bite at a time’. When we remember that every single project that has some meaning and complexity is made up of a series of tasks, the mountain might become more like a series of hills. And we can conquer a hill! Every step, every task, every hill brings that goal closer and closer, until one day, we can celebrate our accomplishment.