By Taylor Kay Stephens
In 2005 as I stood there in my messy office, looking at eight drawers crammed full of receipts, bills and piles of paperwork, it was completely overwhelming – I was five years’ behind to the IRS and it was like being in prison!
It felt like there was a huge elephant sitting on me and I could hardly breathe. How would I ever be able to get out from underneath this elephant?
All of a sudden I had a brilliant idea, “I can do anything for 15 minutes.” So I got my little white timer, and turned the dial to 15 minutes. I started with the first drawer and pulled out one receipt. When I wanted to quit, I heard the tick, tick, tick of that little white timer and knew I could keep going a few more minutes, so I worked until I heard the “ding” of that timer. Each day I set that little timer for 15 minutes, took a break, then came back and worked another 15 minutes. Before long 15 minutes turned into 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and soon I was on a role!
I kept closing my eyes and feeling what it was going to be like, having my taxes completely finished. The only way this feeling would ever be a reality was to completely focus and take action every day, doing the thing I had put off for so long. I also had to give this dreaded project that I hated the most, a new meaning.
This was my ticket to freedom!
I remember the day I saw the first drawer completely empty – this once, seemingly impossible to overcome obstacle, would now be possible. I couldn’t believe that I actually looked forward to working on my taxes and couldn’t wait to do them.
A short time later, my prison sentence had come to an end as I laid 5 years’ worth of back taxes on my CPA’s desk. How I loved that little white timer – 15 minutes changed my life forever.
I had learned to eat an elephant!
Taylor Kay Stephens, speaker, author and transformational life coach, is no stranger to tragedy, adversity and obstacles. She teaches people how to get out of overwhelm, change their bad habits and stop self-defeating behaviors. She has developed her own easy and practical techniques and systems so simple a child can do them. Discover more at TaylorKayStephens.com