Eating Frogs + A Freebie Friday
The shirt I’m wearing is a black T with the words “eat your frog” embroidered in green on the front, and I chose it this morning in support of my daughter who had a seriously nasty frog to deal with today. Confused yet? OK, first, let me assure you that absolutely no amphibians were harmed in the making of this blog post!
A few years ago, one of my dearest girlfriends shared with me the idea of eating your frog, which comes from this saying: “If the first thing you do when you wake up each morning is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.” This concept was popularized by the book “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy.
So this morning, I held my daughter’s hand as we went in to school for her to deal with the frog that was on her plate. It seems that yesterday during the school book fair, she “found” some items on the floor and chose to take them home. Instead of handing them to her teacher or to the book fair volunteers or even to the lost-and-found table, she put them in her pocket. Zoinks.
She truly does know better, and so one of her consequences was to return the items and explain it to her principal. I am sure you will agree with me that this was an awfully large frog for a six-year-old. Knowing this was coming was tough – she had a hard time going to sleep last night and was rather anxious this morning. But by 9:30, she had dealt with it all and was able to go on (smiling and relaxed) with her day. Ah, what a relief for us both!
What happens when we don’t eat the frogs first? Don’t they niggle around inside our minds? Doesn’t it add a sense of dread to the whole day? Don’t we feel so stressed and maybe overwhelmed? But here is the cool thing… when we eat the frog first, something bigger happens. Yes, the day is freed from that distraction, dread, stress, and overwhelm, but there’s more! I find that I am seriously motivated and even in a better mood for the rest of the day! I feel empowered. As in, “I have eaten 3 frogs by 7 a.m. RAWRRRR, I can totally take this day!” LOL
If you don’t believe it, you really should give it a try. In fact, I’ll give you a little extra motivation to do so. Today, we have a spot in one of our most popular and impactful workshops—It’s About Time: How to Have Fun and Get More Done—that we will give away to one lucky winner! Of all the topics that fall under the organizing umbrella, time management is one we’re particularly passionate about. See, how you choose to spend your time is essentially how you choose to spend your life. It’s a topic that has far-reaching consequences. It is, in a word, important. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have some fun along the way, too. At simplify 101, we’re all about making things fun while getting things done.
And, giveaways are always fun, so let’s get to it! To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling us what frog is on your plate right now. For a second chance to win, come back and leave another comment letting us know you ate that frog! This contest ends Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM Central. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Good luck!
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