‘Eat that frog’ if you want to be successful

Growing up on a farm in upstate New York, I could have been deprived. But I wasn’t. My mother wanted her children to experience everything possible.
When the circus was in a neighboring city, we went to watch the animals and the trapeze artists. We ate cotton candy for the first time.
My four-year-old brother was captivated by the clown who piled up box after box, climbed to the top and swayed from side to side without falling. Back home, he tried the trick on our gravel driveway and had a narrow escape.
My mother also wanted us to experience edible delicacies of all kinds. We dug leeks in the woods. We caught pigeons in our hay barn and ate delicious squab.
But our most unusual culinary experience followed a day of frog hunting in the farm pond. We had nicely seasoned frog legs.
Because of that experience, I was not horrified when I found Brian Tracy’s book “Eat That Frog!”
The book has a big bullfrog on the cover and the subtitle is “21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.”
It’s a perfect book for a habitual procrastinator like me.
Says Tracy, there is never enough time for everything on our “To Do” list, and there never will be.
Successful people, he says, don’t try to do everything. They have very clear priorities and focus on the most important tasks.
Tracy references an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the day knowing that eating that frog is probably the worst thing you will have to do all day.
So “eat that frog” is a metaphor for tackling your most important task first, the one you are most likely to procrastinate because it is difficult.
Think about your life. What have you been procrastinating? What would you like to do someday—when you have time?
Do you want to write your life story? Or get a college degree? Do you want to become a gourmet cook and a wonderful hostess? Or learn to play bridge?
According to Tracy, only three percent of adults have clear written goals. So, if you are among those 97 percent who have never taken the time to write out exactly what it is you want, Tracy suggests taking a clean sheet of paper right now and making a list of 10 goals you want to accomplish in the next year.
Don’t be afraid of reaching too high. Says Tracy, “the bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more excited you become about achieving them.”
Begin with your No. 1 goal, and each morning “eat that frog” before you do anything else.
You eat a frog just like you eat an elephant—one bite at a time.
If you want to write a novel, write one page every day. If you want to build a web site, buy some web design software and begin studying.
The author of “Eat That Frog” says you can overcome procrastination and accomplish your dreams by taking the first step, then another and another.
So why not try it today?
Copyright 2003 Marie Snider
Marie Snider is an award-winning healthcare writer and syndicated columnist.
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