Ever notice how certain combinations of words just click in the brain?

You know, they give you that ‘aha moment’ of insight.

Some adages can help you make better decisions or even get you motivated to take action.

Well, they do for me anyways.

Which is why they’re worth remembering and repeating.

I’m sure you know some of the classics like, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

These endure because they’re born of real experience and can serve as guiding truths to whomever will listen.

It’s really just strategic self-talk at the end of the day.

So on that note, here are three sly adages you can add to your self-talk palette for pronounced productivity and savvy decision-making.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

If you’re busy building a business or wading into the entrepreneurial waters, it’s safe to say your to-do list is probably overloaded.

Each day greets you with a seemingly endless stack of tasks that demand your energy and attention.

This can lead to the common phenomenon called ‘overwhelm’ where you almost shut down in the face of the demands in front of you.

The way to overcome this is to focus on the itty-bitty steps, one at a time.

In fact, that’s the only way.

Just like it would be when attempting to eat an elephant.

So I actually repeat this phrase to myself when I wake up.

It immediately puts me in the right frame of mind and reminds me that the largest tasks are accomplished one step at a time.

Many Creeks Make a River

If you were to head down to the bank of the Mississippi, or any great river for that matter, it’d be easy to overlook the source of its power and strength.

All those little creeks, streams and tributaries that flow together to form an unbeatable force.

This is a lesson in consistency. Every day that you take action will contribute to your greater level of success.

So remember, it takes time to build up that flow, so keep at it.

Success Leaves Tracks

I like to combine this with another adage, “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel”.

Once you define what success means to you, find someone else who’s achieved it and turn on the sponge-mode.

Soak up every lesson you can from their experience and do what they did.

Strategic planning

One of those time-tested lessons is to have a strategic and well-organized plan of action.

If you need help getting started, get in touch. It’s what I do. Check out the Accountability Coaching Program here.

Hope this email helps you sharpen your mind. It’s your best weapon.

Until next time,


Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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