Welcome to Part 1 of my “Eat That Frog!” Review Series.
For those of you that are reading this post for the first time and might be a bit confused about just exactly what I am talking about, especially with this unusual title about a frog…check out my previous post HERE so you can get an idea of what this is about. Then come back to this post and read on.
So lets start with the introduction of the book. How many of you actually read the introduction?
I know sometimes you want to just jump right into what ever your reading and skip that crucial section of a book. Some people read it after they are finished with the book because they feel it gives away too many spoilers, with this book, reading the introduction really got me excited about my journey of this read.
In the beginning, the author Brian Tracy, starts by expressing the need to be selective…he says, “Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then to get started on that task and to get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop.”
If your like me, you have more than one task to complete daily, and sometimes several seem like they are THE most important. I sometimes spend to much time trying to decide which task to start and wasting too much time doing it. When I look at a task, the first thing that comes to mind is which one is the hardest and which will take the longest…more on that in a moment…
The Truth About Frogs…
Mark Twain once said…“If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.“
Tracy then says…“Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if your don’t do something about it.”
Yep, I can surely relate to this. I am one of those people that likes to put the biggest and hardest task and the bottom of the list. What I did not realize is that big frog can actually have the most important impact on my attitude and success.
Brian says there are 2 rules of frog eating…
1. If you have to eat 2 frogs, eat the ugliest one first…OK, well that is easier said than done! I mean have you ever looked at a UGLY frog and thought WOW Yum! that looks appetizing!…ah, I think NOT!
I am learning that it is all about discipline. You just have to grab that ugly frog….task…and just go for it!
2. If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long…Oh, I totally do this on a regular basis. Why I feel I need to over analyze things before I do them is beyond me. Maybe it is me trying to find out a way or excuse of why I need to not do it, or put it off.
Take Action Immediately!
“Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete.”-Brian Tracy
In order to be successful you have to create a habit of success. Waking each morning, laying your tasks out for the day, and setting up a plan to COMPLETE them is a step towards creating a habit of success. I am a stay home mom with 3 kids that are home-schooled. Many times my days seem a jumbled mess from the moment I open my eyes. This may take time and some hard work but I have to start taking baby steps towards this goal.
Tracy lays out the Three D’s of New Habit Formation….
Decision… You have to make the decision that you are going to create this habit.
Discipline… You have to actually put into effect and practice these habits and over time they will become automatic.
Determination… Be strong in your commitment to not only complete your task, but be committed to making the routine a permanent part of your personality.
Doesn’t it feel good when you complete a task? I think it does. Big or small when you get something done…even something like folding that load of clothes, cleaning something or completing a big assignment in school or work. It just plain ROCKS when your done and its is behind you.
I learned that when you complete an important task, it triggers your brain to release endorphins which gives you a natural high, and makes you feel positive and confident…pretty cool huh!
Are you taking the time to visualize you being successful?Did you know that your mental picture of yourself has a powerful effect on your behavior and success?
Yep it does, and when you visualize yourself on the inside completing your tasks or improving on the weak areas of your life it actually starts to transform itself in your outer life. Now, this is not an overnight process..back to the baby step thing. Start with one thing at a time…start imagining yourself as being more focused..and go from there.
In closing to the introduction of Eat That Frog! Brian Tracy states, “When you train yourself, through repetition and practice, to overcome procrastination and get your most important tasks completed quickly, you will move yourself onto the fast track in your life and career and step on the accelerator.”
I don’t know about you, but I am ready to jump in that sports car of life and step on that accelerator, but first I have to visualize myself in that car. I am preparing myself to Eat That Frog!…well in my case, eat many frogs…lol
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