Biting Off More than You Can Chew
I can remember when the gum, Bubble Yum was introduced in 1975 by LifeSavers. Prior to that, as a young man, I wasn't a big bubble gum customer. But, when Bubble Yum came out, I was hooked. It was the first soft bubble gum made and came in big, thick, flavorful pieces.
One day as a little leaguer, I bought a pack at the baseball diamond "snack shack" just before a game. Now, I had watched a number of "big league" games and had noticed that "big league players" always chewed a wad of what I naively thought was bubble gum. So wanting to be like them, I unwrapped the whole pack of Bubble Yum and shoved each piece in my mouth. Well, the results weren't pretty. I had a hard time talking, I was drooling bubble gum juice down the front of my uniform, my jaw hurt and eventually my Mom walked over to the dugout (much to my embarrassment) and told me to spit my gum out because I looked like, "a cow chewing its cud."
"Biting off more than you can chew" when it comes to taking on too many tasks, assignments, goals, etc. can be disastrous as well. It is easy to confuse all the things that you "can do" with all the things that you "should do" or better yet that you "choose to do." You can't juggle elephants! It is impossible. You need to be selective with what you take on and where you put your focus since you have limited time and resources. Focus on the important things and don't blow it – pun intended.