If you are wondering that a person who eats frog must be insane, then the answer is big NO. The long term benefits of eating frogs are substantial Ė glowing cheeks, shining hairs, muscular body, and a healthy heart. Even now if you are resisting eating frogs then let me tell you how to do it. Letís start Ė hold the frog tight and put it in your mouth. Donít think; just put it in your mouth. Ummm. How does it taste? Yummy, Yummy! What!! You donít like eating it? Stop lying! Oh okay okay, it stinks, it got stuck in your throat. No, No please donít vomit, hold your nerves. Yes, thatís it! See itís over! It is not as hard as you thought. You have swallowed the frog and you are still alive (though the poor frog is not). Now you have gained all vitamins and proteins necessary for a healthy body in short time which pizzas, chips and drinks would have not provided during lifetime.
Daily, we come across activities which we donít really enjoy. Jumping out of bed at the first alarm bell, making the first sales call, learning from criticism, following up with prospective clients, regular gym routine, planning the day in advance Ė all these are examples of eating the frog. One doesnít really enjoy the process but once performed, the results are extra-ordinary. Eating the frog refers to performing the task which is crucial for our growth but performing the task might not be fun. We tend to procrastinate, avoid such task and then later regret our decisions.
The irony is the more displeasing the task appears, the higher is the rate of return attached to it. 80/20 rule applies here also. Generally 20% of your action will result into 80% of achievement. Prepare a to-do list for your day. Now observe and you will find that if you roughly complete 2 tasks out of 10, you will have a successful day. Yes! You have guessed correctly, those 2 tasks are the frogs, the ones which you want to postpone. But the case with the frog is that it is easier to eat it fresh, than to swallow it rotten. The more you procrastinate, the harder it becomes. If you give yourself time to think, the mind will come up with thousands of reasons why it is okay not to eat the frog and avoid brief pain. Do you recollect, last time you decided to sleep just for 5 more minutes and got up an hour later, last time you said to self that you will start exercising from tomorrow and you are still waiting for that tomorrow, last time you delayed reading that business book and now it has become a part of dusty shelf. The formula is simple Ė stop thinking and just do it!
The difference between highly productive people and others is that the former are good at eating frogs. Entrepreneurs take risk, athletes undergo rigorous practice, leaders take tough decisions Ė these are activities which ordinary people avoid. You know what is important, donít procrastinate, just do it. The more frogs you eat the healthier you will be, the more difficult tasks you perform the wealthier you will be.
A quote from Michael Dell : ďThere are a lot of things that go into creating success. I donít like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I donít spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.Ē 17th January 2010 From India, Hyderabad