Ever had frogs for breakfast? I am sure you haven’t, well, at least not literally. Many of you have eaten frogs for breakfast and do not even know it, and if you have not, maybe you should start! I am sure you think I am crazy, trippin’ even to say the least, but hear me out…
Mark Twain once said “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Twain made this statement with us procrastinators and goal setters who need a little extra push in mind. As the new year has started, I am sure we all have set new goals for ourselves. This quote speaks to the time management and power of productivity of exactly that of which we set those new goals. Are you struggling with starting to implement a new concept into your life? Whether it be working out or better eating habits? Or maybe you have set a goal to begin better marketing for your business, but you hate marketing. Or you need to write a new song, but just have no motivation to put those thoughts and feelings behind some music. All of these things are your frogs! Your hardest tasks, the most dreaded things on your “to-do” list, the very things we continue to push back, are the frogs we should have for breakfast.
Most of us have major jobs we need to complete. Some on our own time, but most (in order to be ultimately successful) have deadlines to make. Oftentimes, we continue to push back the most unpleasant things on our agendas. Thinking that if we conquer the small, easier task, we can later get to the one that we hate the most. Guess what? Procrastinating the task will not eliminate the task. It instead intensifies the task and leaves a lingering dreaded thought through the back of our minds for the remainder of the day.
“Eating a live frog for breakfast” relates to doing the most unappealing thing on your to-do list as soon as possible. In other words, get it out of the way! By letting your “frog” sit, you devote your day to the tiny thought in the back of your mind that continues to creep up on you of that one thing you continue to push back. It begins to plague your thoughts until it is complete. If you have your “frog” for breakfast, you can go through your day with a push of motivation and a sigh of relief knowing the toughest piece of business is done.
Accomplishing a major task,as soon as you can, makes the other tasks that much easier. It also provokes a sense of pride and a bit of self motivation. So go ahead, write the first verse to that song. Write out that business plan. Apply for that new job. Go ahead and eat your frog for breakfast, and watch the rest of your day fall into place.
So tell me, whats your frog? Are you ready to cook it up and have it for breakfast?