Elevating Your Smaller Tigers: How to Tackle Tasks You Don't Enjoy

When I first introduced the concept of Multiple Natures (MN), I used the metaphor of tigers to explain it in a more friendly way. I compared MIs and MNs to tigers that need to be fed. As I continued to elaborate on the concept, a richer framework emerged, leading to the development of the 7 Tigers principles, with Principle 7 being "Elevate your tigers."

The concept of "Elevate your tigers" has two aspects. The first aspect is connecting to a higher purpose. When you align your talents with a higher purpose, whether it's for your family, community, society, or a cause, it makes you even more powerful in your work and in life.

However, there's another aspect of elevating your tigers, which involves lifting up your actual tigers. There's a common misconception that we should only work according to our natural talents and delegate tasks that are not aligned with us or avoid smaller tigers altogether. But this is not the right approach. All our abilities are a part of us and should be utilized. There are times when we don't have the option to delegate, and we have to do something we don't like or are not good at.

In these cases, many people tend to procrastinate or avoid these tasks, resulting in unnecessary stress and anxiety. That's where the concept of "elevation" comes in. By changing our perspective and approaching these tasks differently, we can get into a flow with any activity, even ones where our tigers may be small.

Here are 7 things you can do to “get down with your tigers” and elevate them:

  1. Slow it down: Take the time to break down the task at hand and really understand what it entails. This will allow you to create a plan of action that is more detailed and specific, leading to a better outcome in the long run. Additionally, by taking the time to slow down and tell more, you can better communicate your needs and expectations to those around you, setting everyone up for success.
  2. Cut out distractions and focus: When working on something that doesn't come naturally to you, it's important to eliminate distractions and focus your energy on the task at hand. This may mean turning off your phone, closing your email, or finding a quiet workspace where you can concentrate. By giving yourself the time and space to focus, you'll be able to work more efficiently and effectively.
  3. Be patient and forgiving: It's important to remember that not all tigers are created equal. When working with smaller tigers, it's important to be patient and forgiving, knowing that they may not perform as well as bigger tigers. By setting realistic expectations and being kind to yourself and others, you can create a more positive and productive work environment.
  4. Ask for and get support: Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Letting others know that you need more time, help, or resources to complete a task shows that you are committed to doing the best job possible. By seeking out support and working collaboratively with others, you can achieve greater success than you could on your own.
  5. Schedule carefully: Time management is key when it comes to elevating your tigers. Schedule your time carefully, making sure to prioritize the tasks that require the most attention and energy. By planning ahead and creating a schedule that works for you, you'll be better equipped to take on challenges that may seem daunting.
  6. Get started early: Don't wait until the last minute to start working on something that requires a smaller tiger. Give yourself plenty of time to work through any challenges or obstacles that may arise. By starting early and working consistently, you'll be able to achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively.
  7. Get inspiration: Sometimes, the best way to elevate your tigers is to seek out inspiration from others who are great in that type of work. Think of people who have accomplished similar tasks or achieved similar goals, and draw on their energy and enthusiasm to fuel your own work. This may mean listening to motivational music, reading inspiring quotes, or simply staying connected with others who share your passions and interests.

Elevating your tigers is not just about working to your natural talents but recognizing and lifting up your smaller tigers as well. It's important to approach tasks that don't come naturally to us with a positive mindset and to recognize the value in all of our abilities.

By taking the time to slow down, be patient and forgiving, and seek out support and inspiration, we can elevate our smaller tigers and create a more positive and productive work environment. Remember, even the smallest tiger has its place and can contribute to the bigger picture.

So the next time you face a task that doesn't come naturally to you, consider changing your perspective, and elevating your tigers. You just might be surprised at what you're capable of achieving when you approach challenges with an open mind and a positive attitude.