Whats the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
We have all heard this many times, sure it's cliche, but it's also true.
My latest guest on the podcast is Ryan Matthews. He is a master dog trainer, having trained over 3000 dogs in his life. Over the course of that time, he has learned a thing or two about how to tackle hard jobs. The secret? Break it down in to bite size tasks.
Ryan can train a dog to do literally anything a dog is physically capable of doing. The trick is to break down monumental tasks in many small ones. He doesn't start with teaching a dog to grab a beer from the fridge, you start with teaching him how to sit, stay, and piss outside rather than your wife's rug.
We are not dogs (well some of us are), but the lesson applies equally to humans. We are all guilty of losing steam when we take on too much or a project seems out of our capabilities. When this happens, think about the small steps involved. Break it down and keep it simple. If you want to make a million dollars, start with making a first sale. If you are stuck, think about a small first step you can do right now to move forward slowly. Don't focus on the 500 steps needed to accomplish your goal, focus on the next 3 moves you can in the near future that will get you going in the right direction.
When you finish those few near term steps, prioritize and re-attack.