Have You Eaten The Frog Today? 

By Ange Fonce
I am sure you are puzzled and curious to know what I am getting at here...
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning... and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
It has been accredited to Mark Twain who allegedly said it first many years ago... you have heard it and I have heard it... so why do we all still ignore it?
I mean... it is great advice... we all know we should get the grotty... unpleasant things off the "to do list" quickly... that tackling the most daunting tasks early on builds momentum that runs through the day... that the tough high priority stuff is best handled when the mind is sharp and focused... leaving the simpler things for the natural energy dips that come mid afternoon... we all know this... yet do we follow the rule?
Well... let us be honest... most people do not.
I do not know if this includes you or people around you... and there is no denying those who follow the norm will do anything other then munch a bit of frog!
They will stagger to their desks first thing... still yawning and clutching a Costa... they will spend 20 minutes on Facebook or chatting to co workers about last nights TV programs or what they done... and when they finally break a sweat... the frogs get pushed aside... because it is easier to take on a fun or simple task... and convince yourself that you are doing something important by being busy.
There is no big revelation here I know... and if you are still getting frog like tasks showing up in your calendar... and if you are ignoring them... day after day... well it is a point worth making... because Frog Munching is the one thing that can set your life... your career... your business apart... while others opt for the easy average life... or just lick the odd frog for a moment then put it aside until it never gets done... because you are doing the hard things that bring in the benefits and rewards.
You are holding difficult conversations... tackling and solving the tough problems... being productive until your brain melts... they are not fun or feel good these froggy tasks... yet they are the ones that pay dividends.
And as Twain said... when you do this stuff early... you are in control of the day... like getting a head start in a race... you suddenly feel you cannot lose... because you get the hard stuff done first... so if I had my way... this is guidance everyone would take... start the day with a list of 3 or 4 tasks and bite down hard on the nasty or high priority one first... when you have the most energy... that is a no brainer for me... and it is also worth saying that this principle is about how you manage your day and invest your time... it is also a great rule for life... if you think about it.
First thing in the morning. 

Means now... like today and “the rest of the day” is the rest of your life... so the more you are willing to tackle now... the more you will thank yourself in the future.
To you... that might mean showing up at the gym... or studying long into the night... or making use of your time off in a productive way... so you can create and build a better life for yourself... or it could mean going through tough experiences... to give you the steel and resolve for any challenge that follows.
Case in point... 

A friend of mine did some stand up comedy when he was 19... he was way out of his depth so he tells me and the audience was unforgiving... he got endless verbal abuse up there alone on stage... yet he saw it through to the bitter end... that was years ago... and since then he has never been afraid of speaking in public... he reasons... he has already had the worst possible experience... so it is all good from here on in... he ate the frog... and it paid off.
So... here is my challenge for you this week.
1... Get ruthless with your to do list... every day choose a handful of achievable and worthwhile tasks that are productive and will benefit you... and start with the top priority and difficult one first... take it as far as you can for the day before you move on to the next one.
2... Face up to a bigger fear and if you fail... there is nothing to fear again... you have already seen the worst of it... and if you succeed... well it was not as hard as you thought it would be!
Eat the frog... either way... you cannot lose and you will be amazed how much you will benefit from it.

Thank you and may you enjoy a Prosperous and Dynamic day!

Yours Sincerely

Ange is an  Author... Speaker... and Dynamic Peak Performance Personal Development Consultant... and Humanistic Counselling Psychologist and Sexologist... who works with men and women who desire to personally develop themselves and their relationships to become Dynamic Lifers... creators of their own life and wealth! 


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