Summer Snowballs – Eat That Frog

In the middle of a series about momentum where we’ve explored rolling snowballs and Navy bed-making advice, today’s lesson might be the strangest yet: How to eat a frog.

The essence of momentum is getting things done. In week one, Dan Rockwell reminded us that excitement happens at the beginning of new tasks but momentum builds at the end.

Thus procrastination, the art of delaying the start, is momentum’s kryptonite.

Brian Tracy’s best-selling book, “Eat That Frog,” provides some tools to fight this momentum-killing procrastination.

It’s been 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.

– Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog

And in that quote is a beautiful and simple principle. One we can all apply.

  1. Wake up in the morning.
  2. Make your bed.
  3. Do the hardest thing you have to do that day.

That might be finishing a dreaded chore, practicing for a presentation at work, or engaging in a difficult conversation.

If you can’t do it right away, prepare for it right away. After you make your bed, get a cup of coffee and mentally prepare yourself for the most difficult part of the day.

It might even be a good idea to start by identifying what the hardest part of your day will be.

Then eat that frog and watch the momentum build…

Extra Credit.