Melinda Mae and Eating the Whale One Bite at a Time
Have you heard Shel Silverstein's poem, "Melinda Mae?" If not, here's a quick refresher:
Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said, "You're much too small,"
But that didn't bother Melinda at all.
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a good girl should...
...And in eighty-nine years she ate that whale
Because she said she would!
I always had an affinity for this poem.
First reason is obvious - we're both named Melinda. And when I was a child, I too was quite small but could pack away the food.
Not to mention how stubborn I was. If you said I couldn't do something, it was happening.
Much like adult Melinda.
Secondary, my mother's name is May. Sure, it's spelled differently, but I just *knew* Mr. Silverstein wrote this for me.
So why am I taking this stroll down poetry lane?
I was reminded of this poem the other day. I was emphasizing the importance of taking small, consistent steps towards our goals with one of my clients when she replied, “You know how you eat the elephant don't you?"
In that moment, even though I hadn't thought about it in decades, this poem leapt to the front of my brain.
If you're facing a seemingly insurmountable goal, it’s OK.
Just as with Melinda Mae eating a whale:
When you take small, consistent steps towards your goals, you will reach them.
You will be able to execute your marketing plan.
Start at the "tail" and systematically work your way through it.
(And unlike Melinda Mae, it won't take you 89 years to accomplish.)