Lesson #15 in my “Average Sucks! Learning How To Become Remarkable” series. To begin the series (highly suggested), please click –> Here
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Mark Twain once said that 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.
Of course Mr. Twain was speaking metaphorically as your “frog” represents your biggest, most important task; the one that represents the greatest discomfort for you and that you are most likely to put off – day after day, week after week, month after month. So, if you desire to become the most successful and productive person you can be, what I am about to share with you below may be the single best piece of advice you will ever receive. Ever!
6 Steps To Personal Success & Fulfillment
1. Write Down Everything That You Feel Needs To Get Done
Every night, before you go to bed, write down every single thing you know you need to do and complete (use the list below if you like).
2. Prioritize Your List (As Follows):
A = Must (what you absolutely must get done),
B = Should (what you know you need to and should complete),
C = Like (what would be nice if it was completed but obviously not urgent),
D = Delegate (This one is VERY important! Delegate everything that someone else is much better at than YOU! Yes, even if it costs you money!),
E = Don’t Do It (quitting sometimes is the best decision. All great leaders know exactly what to quit and when and so should you!).
3. Select Your Frog(s)
Of your list of A’s, choose the one or two that make you the most uncomfortable even to think about. I bet those are the most important. If anything, those are certainly the ones your are most likely to put off. And, if you have two frogs to eat, the please make sure you prioritize the ugliest frog first!
4. Eat Your Frog For Breakfast
The next morning, hopefully after a good night’s rest, dedicate the first 1 to 3 hours of your work day to your frog (or ugliest frog). Do not allow yourself to be distracted. No email. Phone calls. Texts. Social media. Nothing. Just eat your frog. And no, do not sit and simply look at how ugly your frog is for too long either. Dive in. Do it… no matter how uncomfortable it is as the start. (What we are programming in you here is for you to habitually – every single day – face your fear or discomfort. If you can do this, if you can truly commit to this one new habit, I guarantee you, your life will become so much more of everything you wanted for it to be.)
5. No Shortcuts
Practice is the key to mastering any skill. Fortunately, your mind is like a muscle. It grows stronger and more capable with use. With practice, you can learn any behavior or develop any habit that you consider either desirable or necessary.
6. Notice Your Developing Desire For Frog For Breakfast
You can actually develop a “positive addiction” to endorphins and to the feeling of enhanced clarity, confidence, and competence that they trigger. When you develop this frog eating addiction, you will, at an unconscious level, begin to organize your life in such a way that you are continually starting and completing ever more important tasks and projects. You will actually become addicted, in a very positive sense, to success and contribution.
Like that Nat King Cole holiday song goes… “So, I am offering this simple phase, for kids from 1 to 92, although it has been said, many times, many ways…”
Just commit to and develop this one, new, positive habit in your life.
If you do, every day will without question be that much happier and more productive.
If you desire to more effectively manage your time I assure you this will be something you will need to work at and practice. Practice regularly in fact. And, what better way to get started practicing than to purchase a copy of Andrew’s e-book (below). Meanwhile, to continue following our blogs, simply enter your email address where it says “blog feed” on the top right of the blog page.
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