Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning that nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. He’s also attributed with saying, “If your job is to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” So when we talk about frogs in our Frogs and Butterflies program, we’re talking about the tasks, things or commitments we know we need to pay attention to, but tend to delay, procrastinate, push back – or completely avoid altogether.
Getting the big, important, sometimes-scary things done first in your day, means several things:
– You address them so they don’t fester, stay on your mind, cause worry or distract you
– You feel like you achieved something right at the start of the day. Anyone who has ever exercised first thing in the morning will recognize the “I’ve achieved something and it’s not even 10-a.m. … let-me-polish-my-halo” feeling
– That sense of achievement makes you feel like other things – bigger things – are possible
– You continue to gather momentum
– Fear is lost. When you address things you put off, then they simply don’t own you anymore
– You think, and act, bigger
– Your confidence in yourself grows
So, what’s stopping you today? Is there something on your to-do list that you regularly put off, or find yourself consistently moving to “tomorrow”? Is there something that you have a sense of dread in facing?
Do it now. Eat that frog.
Want some help? Then sign up for our Frogs & Butterflies program – we’ll help you eat those frogs and discover your butterflies!