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Monday, October 15, 2012

Forget Motivation--Just Do It!

"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
Mark Twain

Okay, come clean. What's the thing you've been thinking you need to do you just haven't gotten around to doing?

Come on, you know what it is! It's the very thing that--if you did it--it would have a great impact in the way your life worked, or would help you achieve a life goal, or help you live your life mission. Sometimes it's just something that would make your day-to-day life easier.

The Anticipation is Killing Me!

The thing is, you know there is something on your mind that continues to show up for brief visits every morning, weekend or evening before it disappears as you return to your work, or other such distractions. And you also know, until you take care of it, it will continue to irritate you.

Years ago a cartoon featured the lovable cat, Garfield, considering the task of getting out exercising. He thinks, "I probably should get up and exercise, but my feet will start to hurt and my heart will pound. I'll get out of breath, start to sweat, and I won't be able to make it back home. Exercise isn't so bad," he says, "But the anticipation is killing me!"

Like Garfield, the thing you need to do probably isn't so bad, but the anticipation is killing you! That small first step could potentially have a large impact on your life so you overthink it. The anticipation leads to procrastination, killing your motivation to take a step.

Begin Simply, and Simply Begin

To overcome the inertia to taking the first step, begin simply, and simply begin! Forget about motivation! Just Do It! Consider Mark Twain's philosophy:

"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."

Brian Tracy in his book, 'Eat That Frog!' plays off Twain's quirky quip to create 21 ways to stop procrastinating. Tracy equates your 'frog' to your biggest, most important task, the one likeliest to have the greatest positive impact on your life---yes, the very THING we've been talking about!

Tracy goes on to lay down the first two rules of 'frog eating':

'If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.'
'If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long.'

Apply the Rule of Frog
Basically, the rule of frog says stop anticipating, and start each day by doing the most important thing that needs doing before you do anything else. Don't sit around thinking about taking that first bite of frog. Bite into the hardest, ugliest task you've been avoiding first thing in the morning--and do it every morning.
Leap Frog Your Way to a Satisfying, Productive Life
Begin simply: make a list of 'frogs'. Then simply begin to jump through those self-imposed hoops, leap frogging your way each and every morning to a more satisfying and productive life.
Why wait to get started? Jump in NOW. Choose something from the list below...or use the list to jump start your own list.
Frogs to Eat First Thing in the Morning
  • Make a list of your frogs. Choose an ugly one.
  • Make that phone call.
  • Start that school or job application.
  • Ask for help. Pick up the phone. Send the e-mail.
  • Practice learning a new technology skill now.
  • Make a dentist appointment. Put your self-care first.
  • Make a doctor appointment. Put your self-care first.
  • Call a sick friend.
  • Write a letter to someone in need.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Find a new job.
  • Research school options
  • Make and maintain contact with good friends.
  • Find a mate. Put yourself in the environment where you'll meet potential mates.

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1 comment:

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Very inspiring! My "ugly frog" is my desk - must take a big bite out of these piles of paper. Today!