How do you eat an elephant?

I’ve got a friend who’s struggling a bit at the moment.  She has a lot of personal stuff going on and her motivation to work is taking a bit of a hit.  She didn’t have a particularly productive week last week, or so she told me, but then showed me the web page she’d set up for her new service with early bird offers and the corresponding booking pages. 

Doing this bit of work is actually a) quite a lot of work and b) a key step in being able to move onto the promotion of the service.  Also, now it’s done its replicable – just copy the page and make a few tweaks and she has another page for another service.

So whilst she felt like she’d had a bad week, I pointed out that the one piece of work she had done was a really key piece that enables her to move forward with the promotion and selling of her service.

It’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in the negative and difficult stuff and fail to notice the little glimmers of light.  It reminds me of some words in Bette Midler’s song, ‘The Rose’:


“Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose.”

So if you’re finding something difficult at the moment just remember, its one little step at a time that makes the difference – that’s how you eat an elephant!*

*Apologies to all vegetarians and animal lovers for any offence caused, this is of course only an analogy and I do NOT advocate eating elephants!

P.S.  If you want to listen to Bette Midler sing ‘The Rose’ click here.

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