“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
Our days are often filled with to-do lists a mile long. But typically, it’s just one item that brings instant anxiety the moment we wake: the frog!
Mark Twain’s famous quote is an everyday treasure if we can truly understand the impact. This concept has the power to not only relieve anxiety and stop procrastination, but it also allows a more relaxed and focused day.
It’s natural to ignore the thing we dread doing most. We place it at the end of our list hoping we either won’t have time for it, or we’ll at least have a few hours to forget it exists while knocking off the other to-dos. But that’s simply not the case. The frog remains there during every task, watching and waiting for our attention. It drives us crazy!
As a wife and mom who works, publishes, and home schools, there are days I wake up immediately feeling overwhelmed. In fact, the last few years have been so intense, I became determined to change things. Instead of allowing the anxiousness to control my behavior, I’ve been challenging it by taking a moment every single time I feel this way and asking myself why. What’s causing this? Did something happen? Have I done something wrong I need to confess or ask forgiveness for? Is there a task I forgot to complete? Or, is there something on my list that just stresses me out so I keep putting it off?
Once I figure out what it is, I try to immediately deal with it. I EAT THE FROG!
When you begin your day, look at what causes the most stress or anxiety or overwhelming feelings, and knock it out first before anything else.
If you know you have to eat a frog, you can either eat it first thing and get it over with, or be stressed and anxious all day long waiting for its time to come.
Eat the frog, and eat it FIRST!!!