You must be wondering what kind of a question is this. Does anyone eat an elephant? Is it possible to eat an elephant? Well, we are eating elephants every day but we don’t realize it. Writers, especially the kind who write novels, have to eat an elephant whether they like it or not. This is a Guest post submitted by S Srinivasan who is a techno-philosopher who writes lots of articles. Headlines are the key to attracting visitors to your article sometimes they are a bit contradicting but now lets see how to eat an elephant.
Elephant as a metaphor
Any big project is an elephant of sorts. They can be overwhelming, overpowering and awesome. I am sure that when faced with such a huge elephant, we don’t know where to begin. Shall I eat the tail first? Ugh …it is too hairy. Maybe I can start with the trunk? It is takes an awful amount of time just to dig into the first morsel. But once we are done with the first bite, eating the rest seems fairly easy. When we learn how to make it easier, big projects don’t seem as huge as we first thought. It is this elephant which we encounter in our lives and the monster which we need to conquer.
Breaking big projects into smaller pieces
A few years back, when I was still wet around the ears, I boldly started off on an assignment of writing an eBook. This eBook was proposed to be all of 200 pages. Expectedly I got stuck and even after one week of deep contemplation, sleepless nights and poor appetite, I could not get off the starting block. My boss, meanwhile hovered around my desk, staring menacingly at the blank page which was staring gloomily back at me. I suppose one week was a bit too much for my boss and as expected, I was summoned for a chat. Surprisingly, my boss, the great elephant slayer, chuckled when I confessed that I had not written a single word till then. The problem was simple – I didn’t know how to eat an elephant. “Imagine you are writing two hundred blog posts, one after another. Now begin with the first ten posts and then move on to the next ten,” was his simple advice. It worked.
Confronting the elephant
Probably, many of us just don’t start a big project because it is big. Take a business for example. Most of us would rather avoid becoming an entrepreneur because we feel it is a huge task. Since we can’t start a big project, we obviously cannot accomplish anything big. My advice is to confront the elephant head on. Take it apart piece by piece. Break it up into smaller pieces. Chomp down, little by little at a time. Have a time table – half a trunk today, front legs on one week, the body you can eat in the end if you feel too overwhelmed now. It is the same in case of medication. Whether it is Medifast or Nutrisystem discount coupons, you have to take them one at a time. Look at your project as a work-in –progress. It is like a painting – you can’t finish a masterpiece in a day. A painting has to be created layer by layer. To begin with, it is only an image in your mind. Slowly, characters emerge, landscape evolves and the grand vision finally appears in the form of a finished painting.
So, how do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time
S Srinivasan is a techno-philosopher who likes to delve on the other (hidden) side of moon. S Srinivasan also blogs, for a living, on diets and weight loss program and offers newest coupons for Medifast meals , coupon code for Nutrisystem and top online weight loss plans