So, how DO you eat an elephant?
You guessed it! One bite at a time. Not that I would ever want to eat an elephant, mind you… (how the heck would you even be able to chew their rough, wrinkly, furry skin?!? Yuk. Plus, I actually happen to find elephants quite cute, and would never want to harm them!) In any event, I digress.
If you WERE to attempt to eat an elephant, the only way one could tackle such a feat would be to do it one bite at a time.
In the same way, how would you go about starting a massive project? One task at a time. Grow your list? One sign-up at a time. Get more folks to your workshops? One butt in a seat at a time. Make a difference in the world? One smile, one person at a time.
Are you seeing the pattern here?!?
Yesterday I gave my â€˜Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.â€™ Manifesto workshop. It was only the second time Iâ€™ve given it to a public audience. My first had larger numbers (although lots friends and family, mind you!) and I was hoping to repeat that or even grow from here this time. Well, it didnâ€™t quite happen. And, while we had a great group, if Iâ€™m honest I somewhat felt as though it wasnâ€™t large enough (or â€˜good enoughâ€™ ~ that old tape running around in my head…)
How am I going to get my message out there, share my story, and help others to spark their inner geniuses, with 8 people in the room?
Well, it only takes 1 at a time…
And so actually, I should be quite happy with that number! Plus, itâ€™s not about quantity, itâ€™s about quality. And I must say we had an AMAZING group yesterday! There was authentic, meaningful discussion, lots of ah-has, and great energy.
I was humbled after the event to have received some awesome feedback (â€œbrilliant idea…â€; â€œ…refreshing, inspiring, and fun.â€œ; â€œYour genius event has really impacted me…â€) My favorite came from someone who commented on me more personally: â€œ…Itâ€™s refreshing to see [Carolâ€™s] evolution over the past year as she has found her calling ~ living proof of sparking her own genius.â€
They say weâ€™re our own worst critic. I tend to agree. Iâ€™m finally taking action, putting myself out there, creating my own events, programs, landing more speaking opportunities, and yet I am so quick to say I am not â€˜THEREâ€™ yet.
First of all, where is THERE?!? And moreover, I need to realize itâ€™s a process. Itâ€™s going to take time. Iâ€™ve set the wheels in motion, Iâ€™m on the train, and now itâ€™s time to enjoy the ride, one stop at a time.
How do you start a massive project? One task at a time. Grow your list? One sign-up at a time. Get more folks to your workshops? One butt in a seat at a time. Make a difference in the world? One smile, one person at a time.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. (click to tweet it out!)
Have a FAB week, Â everyone!
What are your thoughts?!? Are you perhaps being too hard on yourself? Where can you stop to celebrate how far youâ€™ve already come? What would that look like? Iâ€™d love to hear from you in the comments below :-).Â