The Habit of Success – Eat That Frog!

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Brian Tracy, author of the highly successful book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time recommends you get in the habit of doing your most difficult task, first thing in the morning, without delay.

The book’s title alludes to a famous Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” His three step process, the “The Three Ds of New Habit Formation”, is decision, discipline, and determination.

Decision, is the most important step. You must decide what task will have the greatest impact on your success. He subscribes to the Pareto Principle that 80% of our results come from 20% of our actions. Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Being busy isn’t the same thing as being productive. Your activities must be impactful. Discipline, the second step, is necessary to overcome our tendency to procrastinate long enough to make the new behavior automatic, a habit. Determination, is required to stay focused on task long enough to complete it without distraction. Challenge yourself to eat that frog. View it as a personal challenge. This one habit will transform your career and life.

He recommends you don’t stare at the frog too long. When your action trigger signals it’s time to begin, don’t delay. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and stay on task until it’s complete. It doesn’t pay to think about it too much. This leads to procrastination. It is much easier to continue a task than to begin, so get to it. Don’t think about it, be about it. Studies have shown that people that have a bias toward action achieve more than the geniuses that brainstorm ideas endlessly but don’t achieve results.

The habit of routinely beginning each day, eating that frog, provides immediate and long-term benefits. Task completion gives us a sense of accomplishment. This makes us feel good about ourselves. It triggers the release of endorphins. The more impactful and challenging the task completed, the better we feel about ourselves. You will begin to crave these endorphins.  This positive addiction will grow stronger over time. Like a muscle, it will grow stronger through repetition and effort. Eventually it will become a part of who you are. It will be ingrained in your psyche.

Routinely doing what is most difficult early in the day, when your energy and willpower are at their highest, will give you a better chance of success. Habits become easier over time. The habit of doing what needs to be done, instead of what is easy, will grow stronger through repetition, like a muscle. For those that routinely do what others find too difficult to do, life becomes easy. Push forward. Do what needs to be done. Take Bruce Lee’s advice, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

You just need to stay motivated and disciplined long enough to make this behavior a habit. Build your discipline muscle and life’s burdens become lighter. If you can make this behavior a habit you will transform your life. If you want to change your life, take the road less traveled and do what you should instead of what is easy. People that do what is easy live a hard life of constant struggle.

I highly recommend this book. It could very well change your life.

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Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep us moving towards our goals.

Best wishes and Best Health!

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