Big Pictures and Bite-Size Pieces

May 3, 2012

It’s always helpful to have the big-picture of what you want, what you need – of what you want your end result will be. But how do you get it done? It goes back to the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time.”

So if you look at your big-picture, your elephant as it were, it can be overwhelming to try to get it done… until you break it down into manageable, bite-size pieces. Like chewing a piece of steak when the piece is just too big, the pieces you create must be “chewable” – small enough to complete easily and efficiently.

This is is a consistent difficulty with many people. In our coaching sessions, my clients look at what it will take to have that big picture outcome they want, and together we break down those steps into even smaller steps so it’s all do-able.

How do you do this? It starts with identifying, clearly and specifically, what the desired outcome is. After this is totally clear, you can come up with the obvious steps that need to be taken. After you get this, it comes to the point where you need to see what, out of those obvious steps can be broken down into even smaller steps. It may need to be, as in the elephant analogy, that the first step is to get your knife and fork (and maybe even more broken). After that, it’s about what needs to be done… specifically and clearly, in order for you to have the outcome. Sometimes, it’s helpful to use a mind-mapping software, or just a pad of paper and a pencil to really map it out.

And as always, get the steps out of your head and on paper (or into the computer), but preferably, on paper – in your planner.

If you need help with managing your elephant, please contact me and let’s set up a complimentary consultation so I can show you how we’ll tackle it together and how you can have that outcome!


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