Eat That Frog: Success is predictable!
Some people are more successful than others because they do things differently and they do the right things right. Success in any area (career, finances, healthy lifestyle) involves a deliberate and intentional application of principles, methods, strategic thinking, positive mind-sets and routine. These must be applied consistently until success is achieved in the area in question. If the standard of success is to be maintained, then the application of the right principles, methods, strategies and routines must be applied consistently over and over again.
Eat that frog: How do you eat an elephant?
Well, one bite at a time…
As our title suggests, a major challenge associated with achieving success or reaching a goal, is the question:
Where do I start?
The answer is seemingly simple: create small achievable tasks from the goal in question.
Small achievable tasks, or bite-size tasks, give you the the opportunity to prioritise each task and then focus your attention on completing the most important tasks. The ability to concentrate single-mindedly on the important tasks, doing them well and finishing them completely, is a key to great success.
Brian Tracy is the writer of ‘Eat that frog!’, subtitled “21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”, his book has identified that an average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and completes important tasks quickly will run circles around a procrastinating, talkative genius with fancy plans. The reality is that not all geniuses are successful. Intellectual abilities or high IQ, though important, is not the sole defining quality needed to be successful. Consistency, discipline and the completion of tasks is vital.
The Truth About Frogs
A frog, in this context, is your biggest most important task for each day. It is the task you are most likely to procrastinate on, if you don’t complete it. So if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of achievement, knowing that you have dealt with the most important task for the day. Now imagine the elation from doing that daily!
And just so you know, if you have several frogs to eat, eat the meanest, baddest & ugliest one first (yuck)! In other words, prioritise, select, and complete that most important task daily.
Eat That Frog: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
Planning is the easiest and most helpful skill needed to accomplish tasks. All you require is a pen and paper to draw up a list. Productivity and output increases by 25% when we work off lists. Preparation is also key to completing tasks quickly. The more prepared you are, the quicker it is to complete tasks. Preparation sometimes involves upgrading key skills to achieving your goals.
Pat Riley, the basketball coach said ‘Anytime you stop thriving to get better, you are bound to get worse’. Never stop learning! Personal and professional improvement is the best time saver. One additional skill can make an enormous difference in your ability to do the job well.
The next thing is to apply what you have discovered, right NOW. Re-train, Develop & Equip yourself to achieve your dreams and be better at what you do. Attend free webinars, courses & training sessions. At WayMaker Learning, we have all the tools to help you become what you learn. Browse our courses, contact us to help with your career. Learn fields as varied as Project Management, Business Analysis, Digital Skills, Information Technology, Business Skills, and more. We are with you all the way through, from discovery to learning to work experience and career development.
Get in touch with WayMaker Learning today and EAT THAT FROG!