Question: How do you eat an elephant?
The Bright Answer: One bite at a time.
If you want to know what Brilliant Women do, keep reading.
I don’t have bright shiny object syndrome. I have bright shiny idea condition, also known as ‘Bsic’. Bsic can be pronounced like the word basic or the phase be sick – pick your preference. Both pronunciations apply:
No matter how you pronounce it, if you fail to manage bright shiny idea condition, you find yourself overwhelmed and consistently uncertain about which ideas to pursue. It’s like trying to eat that elephant one bite at a time. And girlfriend, that sucks, because it will take you a long time to eat that elephant and quite frankly – ain’t nobody got time for that!
If you are like me, when you first start working on an idea and crossing things off your to-do list, you’ll feel amazingly enthusiastic about your new project. You’ll get things done and feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Then you’ll encounter a few days when nothing goes as expected and your progress leaves you uninspired. With all the other things in your life, business, or job calling for your attention, it may become difficult to find the energy or focus to invest in your idea. Then before you know it, your enthusiasm along with your confidence; you begin to question whether you can make your ideas happen. (I’ve been there, done that, rocked the t-shirt and wore it out.)
If this is the path you choose, settle in, get comfortable and start eating. It may take a while, but you’ll eventually reach the goals you set out for your idea. You might be tempted to take three or four bites at a time, but the key here is to restrain yourself and so that you can fuel yourself by the progress you make with each bite.
Brilliant women make informed decisions and take action.
We have a way to evaluate whether an idea has the potential to become something brilliant (and bankable) or if it’s just a bright idea. Then based on our evaluation we make a decision:
Now there is nothing wrong with eating the elephant one bite at a time – that works for some people. But if you are like most trailblazing women with a big vision, you’ll need to move a lot faster to get things done. I don’t mean in an impatient, fly by the seat of your pants kind of way – we’ve both been there and done that, right? We simply need a way to keep the bright shiny ideas from distracting us from the work we are called to do.
My prayer: That we learn how to listen to and leverage our intuition, so we make aligned decisions about what ideas to pursue and which ones to let go of. May we handle our elephants with grace, wisdom, and confidence.
Girlfriend, It’s Your Time!
Tai Goodwin on a mission to help 10,000 women entrepreneurs create more joy and wealth in their life and business. She's the CEO of Aligned + Bankable and creator of the Bankable Brilliance Course. An intuitive business growth strategist and teacher, her specialty is helping clients create bankable business models that allow them to increase their impact and income without burning out. Tai is a former corporate trainer with a master's degree in instructional design and over 20 years of experience designing course, training programs, and certifications. She is also the author of Girlfriend, It's Your Time and founder of Brilliant Business Girlfriends.