When I was in my late twenties, I started to feel the shift. I could no longer get away with eating like crap and not feeling the effects. I needed to start a work out regimen. So I got a gym membership. I started out strong going every day after work but eventually happy hour with my girlfriends won out.
I tried again. This time with workout dvds but the same thing happened. I just could not get into the groove of keeping my workout commitment.
It was weird because while I really enjoyed the benefits of working out - feeling healthier and stronger - the later in the day I waited, the more of a chore it felt like. I just kept procrastinating until it was too late to go.
Flash forward to my thirties where I stumbled across an old Mark Twain quote:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Sounds crazy, I know but the idea behind it being if you were to knock out what you hated the most, first thing in the morning, it can only go uphill from there.
Think about it, what happens when you finally finish that thing you’ve been putting off? You feel relieved, relaxed, motivated to tackle the next task, more confident even!
When we procrastinate, it’s not like the thing we’re procrastinating on goes away. It’s still there. Sitting on our brain. Taking up brain space. It doesn’t go away until you either do it and cross it off your list or finally decide never to do it.
So for me, using Mark Twain’s quote, totally worked and not just to get me to the gym. I found it had a ripple effect. It became a game I played with myself:
"What don't I want to do? Awesome. I'm gonna do it. NOW!"
Things I used to procrastinate on became a fun challenge and eventually, a habit. When new "Frogs" form, I now have a pattern that turns them into habits.
So let’s hear it. Leave a comment below and tell me what your juiciest, most annoying Frog is and what you're gonna do about it.
Wanna learn more about Mark Twain's quote? Check out Brain Tracy's Book - "Eat That Frog - 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time".