There's an old saying: If the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll have to do all day. Use “eat that frog” as a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task. It is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on but that will also most likely have the greatest impact on your life.
Lesson 1: Set the Table
There is a powerful formula for setting and achieving goals that you can use for the rest of your life. It consists of seven simple steps. Any one of these steps can double and triple your productivity if you are not currently using it.
Step one: Decide exactly what you want.
Step two: Write it down.
Step three: Set a deadline on your goal; set sub-deadlines if necessary.
Step four: Make a list of everything you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal.
Step five: Organize the list into a plan.
Step six: Take action on your plan immediately.
Step seven: Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal.
EAT THAT FROG!
1. Take a clean sheet of paper right now and make a list of ten goals you want to accomplish in the next year. Write your goals as though a year has already passed and they are now a reality. Use the present tense, positive voice, and first person singular so that they are immediately accepted by your subconscious mind. For example, you could write, “I earn x number of dollars per year by this date” or “I weigh x number of pounds by this date” or “I drive such and such a car by this date.”
2. Review your list of ten goals and select the one goal that, if you achieved it, would have the greatest positive impact on your life. Whatever that goal is, write it on a separate sheet of paper, set a deadline, make a plan, take action on your plan, and then do something every single day that moves you toward that goal. This exercise alone could change your life!
CREDIT: Tracy, Brian. Eat That Frog! Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.
And a special thanks to PURPLE-UNICORN for posting these lessons!