Eat That Frog
I recently read a wonderful book by Brian Tracy called ‘Eat That Frog!’. And it started my thinking around how I plan my day and how much I accomplish each day, each week, and each year.
The premise of the book is based on a quote by the American treasure, Mark Twain. He said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Brian Tracy used that quote as a metaphor for goal setting and achievement. Brian’s book suggests that we write down our goals daily. As a matter of fact, Mr. Tracy wrote that only 3% of adults have clear written goals! Those that do accomplish five to ten times more than people of equal or better education and ability but whom, for whatever reason, have not taken the time to write out exactly what they want.
Brian Tracy created a 7-step model for goal setting:
1. Decide exactly what you want.
2. Write it down.
3. Set a deadline for your goal; set sub deadlines if necessary.
4. Make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal.
5. Organize the list into a plan.
6. Take action on the plan immediately!
7. Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your goal.
Now the secret to the plan is that each day, you do the most undesirable thing on your list FIRST. In other words, you open your mouth wide and eat that frog!
What ‘frog’ are you going to eat first today?!
* I have 5 copies of the book ‘Eat That Frog’ and the first five people who ask me will get a free copy!