Eat the Frog

The other day I was reading a short article by personal development guru, Steve Ventura, and was exposed to an idea that I thought was really good so I thought I would share what I learned with you.

Most of us find that in our schedules, we have too much to do and too little time to do it.  The problem is that as you are struggling to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities continue to keep rolling in.  It seems like a nonending cycle and you just can’t seem to get ahead.  Because of this cycle, we have to come to the realization that you will never have enough time to do everything you have to do.

The best thing that we can do is learn to prioritize our list.  We must learn to select your most important task to complete at any given moment and then get started on that task.  Get that most important task done as quickly and effectively as you can.  To do this, Steve Ventura related a story about frogs to help us remember this idea.

Mark Twain on said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the whole day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.  So how in the world does this have anything to do with what we just talked about?

Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task.  The task that you are most likely to procrastinate doing if you don’t do something about it.  At the same time it is the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and have the greatest results for you and your organization.

The first rule of frog eating is this:  If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

Huh?  What this is saying is that if you have two important tasks before you, you should start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.  Discipline yourself to begin that task immediately and then persist until the task is complete before you move on to a different task.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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