Week 32: Personal Confessions ~ Think how you would eat an elephant

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Do you ever wonder why most people fail at so many things or even quit a couple days/weeks/months after they start something new? Well it's because they want to eat the whole elephant at once. What do I mean by eating an elephant all at once? How can this be of any help to you or me who has gone through so many failures in life?

I read once in Cosmo that many a people  like to think because they have started something they will inevitably become experts at it and that's were most fail. When learning something new always think you will reach at least average just like a beginner mountain climber doesn't start thinking about reaching the peak of mount Everest until after they have 1.) climbed the first mountain 2.) climbed a few more after that and got some experience and 3.) start to work there way up until they reach the tip of Everest. 

Do not be in a hurry to be the expert in whatever field, take your time to learn the basics and master the confusion in your own head first. 
I have always wanted to learn how to speak a new language but I got over myself and started thinking about that time when I will be perfect at the language how many chats I will have in that vernacular. My approach should have been:
1: Learn and listen how to say the basic words that; firstly can get me past customs and can help me with everyday dealings like saying hi! How are you? Thank you! Please! You're welcome and the classical British "lovely weather today". 
2. Practice, practice and practice; you can never gone wrong practising something over and over again until you get it. As adults learning is not always easy for most and it's very challenging to remember what was taught. My mum has gonna back to uni as part of her job and she told us she attended a class and once the lecturer had finished after 2 hrs her and her colleagues were asking what they just leant because somehow the brain didn't register anything which they could retrieve there and then. A couple days later they went back had a follow on class and they remembered a bit from previous class! They re-read the first class and second class lectures over and over again until something stuck. So you can see practising doesn't always make perfect but helps prepare. 

I was once told that if you want to learn a new language try watching tv in that language without subtitles. I tried it and it was more frustrating if I am honest but after I had done some research in the language I wanted to learn, I went back and watched the program without subtitles and it did make a difference. I can now just about understand the basics of the language though I am not an expert. 

How can you apply this in your life? How should you eat this elephant?
1. Cut into pieces - when learning something new or tackling something new break it down into small pieces (the basic components)
2. Understand each component and how it fits into the overall picture.
3. Piece the little components until you form a picture 
4. Step back and think outside the box and see how this can be applied in other areas.

And that is how in my opinion you eat an elephant. What are your thought!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Week 32: Personal Confessions ~ Think how you would eat an elephant

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Do you ever wonder why most people fail at so many things or even quit a couple days/weeks/months after they start something new? Well it's because they want to eat the whole elephant at once. What do I mean by eating an elephant all at once? How can this be of any help to you or me who has gone through so many failures in life?

I read once in Cosmo that many a people  like to think because they have started something they will inevitably become experts at it and that's were most fail. When learning something new always think you will reach at least average just like a beginner mountain climber doesn't start thinking about reaching the peak of mount Everest until after they have 1.) climbed the first mountain 2.) climbed a few more after that and got some experience and 3.) start to work there way up until they reach the tip of Everest. 

Do not be in a hurry to be the expert in whatever field, take your time to learn the basics and master the confusion in your own head first. 
I have always wanted to learn how to speak a new language but I got over myself and started thinking about that time when I will be perfect at the language how many chats I will have in that vernacular. My approach should have been:
1: Learn and listen how to say the basic words that; firstly can get me past customs and can help me with everyday dealings like saying hi! How are you? Thank you! Please! You're welcome and the classical British "lovely weather today". 
2. Practice, practice and practice; you can never gone wrong practising something over and over again until you get it. As adults learning is not always easy for most and it's very challenging to remember what was taught. My mum has gonna back to uni as part of her job and she told us she attended a class and once the lecturer had finished after 2 hrs her and her colleagues were asking what they just leant because somehow the brain didn't register anything which they could retrieve there and then. A couple days later they went back had a follow on class and they remembered a bit from previous class! They re-read the first class and second class lectures over and over again until something stuck. So you can see practising doesn't always make perfect but helps prepare. 

I was once told that if you want to learn a new language try watching tv in that language without subtitles. I tried it and it was more frustrating if I am honest but after I had done some research in the language I wanted to learn, I went back and watched the program without subtitles and it did make a difference. I can now just about understand the basics of the language though I am not an expert. 

How can you apply this in your life? How should you eat this elephant?
1. Cut into pieces - when learning something new or tackling something new break it down into small pieces (the basic components)
2. Understand each component and how it fits into the overall picture.
3. Piece the little components until you form a picture 
4. Step back and think outside the box and see how this can be applied in other areas.

And that is how in my opinion you eat an elephant. What are your thought!

**Dont forget to enter my 1yrBlogaversary for my blog AJD **

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At 11 July 2014 at 07:53 , Blogger celery and cupcakes said...

I love this analogy of trying to eat an elephant and how to apply it to your life. Breaking things down int smaller chunks definitely makes them seem less daunting. :-)

 
At 11 July 2014 at 09:15 , Blogger Kitty Kaos said...

That is some great advice! I work teaching young people film skills and this is soooo the case they always think they know everything after holding a camera for 5 minutes x

 
At 11 July 2014 at 10:58 , Blogger Gems - Fashion Well Done said...

I so id this when I took up sewing, I got myself so frustrated that I didn't make anything great straight away. But I am going to get back to it and cut that elephant into smaller pieces :)

Gems x

 
At 11 July 2014 at 11:33 , Blogger Georgina Grogan said...

Amazing advice and great to read in the morning too! I think we're all guilty at being like this at one point or another :') x

 
At 11 July 2014 at 12:46 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Absolutely, thanks Jemma

 
At 11 July 2014 at 12:47 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Kitty x

 
At 11 July 2014 at 12:47 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Glad to hear that's Gems and good luck

 
At 11 July 2014 at 12:48 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Goergina

 
At 11 July 2014 at 17:35 , Blogger Carleenp said...

Great advice. I actually use the TV method for learning/practicing Spanish a ton! But, as you noted, I think it works best after you have a bit of background in the language.

 
At 11 July 2014 at 18:44 , Blogger Susie Reece said...

Thank you for the step by step. I think in today's world people need direction to know what to do. I think you have some sound ideas and I appreciate you sharing them.

 
At 11 July 2014 at 21:18 , Blogger Jenn @ hellorigby! said...

What great advice! I often find myself wanting to know it all right from the start, but things rarely work that way!

 
At 12 July 2014 at 00:05 , Blogger Kendall Rayburn said...

Love that quote - so true! WE are the ones that are controlling our lives and choices!

 
At 12 July 2014 at 00:50 , Blogger Christen P said...

Great advice. You are wise beyond your years.

 
At 12 July 2014 at 03:36 , Blogger Life with Amberly said...

I like the suggestion to cut into pieces :) I need to be better at that instead of trying to tackle things head on.

 
At 12 July 2014 at 04:41 , Blogger jessica kalieta said...

great advice! I love the pieces idea!

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:13 , Blogger Jordan Wise said...

I totally agree! how inspiring!

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:24 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you Carleen and good luck with your Spanish x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:25 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

I appreciate that deeply Susie, thank you x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:25 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

That has always been my issue, wanting to be an expert before I even cross the first hurdle x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:26 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Absolutely, thanks Kendall x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:26 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Aww thanks Christen x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:26 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Amberly, cutting things into smaller pieces gives you an idea of whats what x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:27 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Glad to hear it Jessica x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 08:27 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Happy to hear it Jordan x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 09:54 , Blogger Esther Ju*Lee said...

great advice completely agree. slow and steady wins the race. :)

 
At 12 July 2014 at 10:21 , Blogger Sarah Shermann said...

Really good advice, great quote love it :-)

 
At 12 July 2014 at 12:46 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you Esther x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 12:46 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Sarah x

 
At 12 July 2014 at 13:34 , Blogger Jessika Barber said...

I love this quote!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 00:01 , Blogger Ashley Griffith said...

LOVE this. Great advice and good motivation!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 04:07 , Blogger Rebekah Clarke said...

I love this!! That's why I broke up my weight loss goal in to 10lbs increments - 70lbs at once is terrifying and overwhelming!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 08:13 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Jessika

 
At 13 July 2014 at 08:14 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Ashley, I appreciate that x

 
At 13 July 2014 at 08:14 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Absolutely, it can be terrifying and glad you broke it up plus good luck

 
At 13 July 2014 at 15:58 , Blogger Taneja's Bride said...

Great advice! Absolutely inspiring! <3

 
At 13 July 2014 at 18:31 , Blogger Amanda Haney said...

Inspiring advice!

 
At 13 July 2014 at 19:51 , Blogger Starr Joy said...

This is a great reminder to enjoy the moment as is and not get frustrated or worried about the things that aren't done or haven't come yet. I needed this today!

StarrJoy16.blogspot.com

 
At 13 July 2014 at 21:36 , Blogger Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life said...

I'm totally guilty of wanting to "eat the whole elephant at once." I've been working hard to break down the pieces and take it step by step. Thanks for this excellent reminder.

Patience is a virtue.

Katreena

 
At 13 July 2014 at 21:40 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Taneja x

 
At 13 July 2014 at 21:41 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Ta Amanda x

 
At 13 July 2014 at 21:41 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

I am glad to hear that Starr x

 
At 13 July 2014 at 22:08 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Patience truly is a virtue, glad you liked the post

 
At 14 July 2014 at 00:26 , Blogger Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

Great advice, especially dividing into pieces.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 04:39 , Blogger Chelsea Olivia said...

Such a good analogy! Makes things seem so much less scary when you can break it all down.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 05:19 , Blogger Shelley Polarbelle said...

yep, life is like eating an elephant. Slowly, steadily and consistently. great uplifting post.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 07:24 , Blogger Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

These are so true!! I think a lot of bloggers think this way when starting out, like OMGOSH I CAN'T WAIT TO BE A BIG BLOGGER! But really, we should just work slowly.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 17:00 , Blogger Neely said...

This is a fantastic post! So true as well! I love the advice :)

 
At 14 July 2014 at 17:43 , Blogger Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

I agree! Keeping a constant routine helps me stay on track in many aspects of my life. I'm always juggling different things depending on prioritization.

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:04 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Jessica x

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:05 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Chelsea x

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:09 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Shelley x

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:11 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Absolutely Rae

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:11 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks Neely

 
At 14 July 2014 at 22:12 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Prioritisation is very important x

 

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