Third time's the charm, and I can honestly say this is the first time I ever felt truly confident that I could maintain this kind of achievement for the long haul. I have been so impressed with Susan's knowledge, wisdom, and warm style, that I signed on for her inaugural "Bright Line Mind" course this summer -- perfect complement to keep the energy flowing in the right direction!! In this reprint of my 2007 blog article, you'll see why it is essential to remain steadily focused on your goal for a specified amount of time in order to succeed long-term.
.:. Jack Canfield (author, Chicken Soup for the Soul) always has something clever to say in his books, and a recent eCoach lesson reminded me of his talk about "Big, Ugly Frogs" in Success Principle #8:
Do First Things First
"The goal is to stay on schedule and complete the most important item first. In his excellent book, Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy reveals not just how to conquer procrastination but also how to prioritize and complete all of your action items.", [Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer, The Success Principles]
I discovered Jack had first written about this in The Power of Focus, quoting Danny Cox, "If you've gotta frog to swaller, don't look at it too long. And if you've got more than one to swaller, swaller the biggest one first!" IOW, resist the temptation to pick the easiest, lowest priority items on your list and leave the most important, difficult ones for later in the day when your energy level is past its peak.
"...most of us leave the biggest and ugliest frog for last, hoping it will go away or somehow become easier. It never does. However, when you accomplish your toughest task early in the day, it sets the tone for the rest of your day. It creates momentum and builds your confidence, both of which move you farther and faster toward your goal.", [Ibid.]
Funny thing -- our kids were watching The Muppet Movie last week, not long after I completed my lesson on frogs, and I couldn't help but think that dear old Danny must have invested in one of Doc Hopper's frog leg franchises LOL
Doc Hopper: [pointing to a billboard showing a bucket of "Doc Hopper's French Fried Frog Legs"] Isn't that splendid? Just splendid! Just take a look at it.
Kermit: All I can see are millions of frogs with tiny crutches.
Doc Hopper: Listen, we're a small business but we've expanded. Expanded! Just like you frogs expand. Don't you frogs expand? [puffs his cheeks]
Kermit: That's a myth.
Doc Hopper: What?
Kermit: Myth! Myth!
Myth: Yeth? (Spoiler, for those who haven't seen the movie, this is a running gag about frog myths and various people answering to Kermit's frustrated cries of "Myth!")
Bernie: You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!
Kermit: Have you tried Hare Krishna?
As a born & bred Southerner (from Jim Henson's homestate of Mississippi!), I've seen my share of deep fried frog legs on my brother's dinner table back home, but I can honestly say they never appealed to my palate (even if they do supposedly taste like chicken :P) Canfield suggests getting a big plastic frog to place on your desk when working on top priority projects as a reminder to co-workers and others that means absolutely NO interruptions!
To get the image of "swallowing" a frog for breakfast out of mind (which, frankly, makes me gag - if you'll pardon the pun ;-) I think I'd prefer to have Kermit the Frog sitting on my desk in the spirit of Henson's creative wit & wisdom :D Good for both motivation and inspiration!
Drawing by Nike Ard Meyer
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Academy of Realist Art, Founders College
It should come as no surprise to learn that Jim Henson was raised with the practical knowledge of Universal success principles and passed 'em along through his alter-ego, Kermie :o) I think he'd agree with today's Note from the Universe (courtesy of Mike Dooley at www.tut.com):
If it's hard,
there's something you're missing.
Bottom line: It may not seem so easy being green at times, but when following your passion in Life, spending a few extra moments interacting with the frogs along the way can ultimately take you places you've never dreamed possible! Explore the Possibilities Adventurers Academy
Kermit: Life's like a movie. Write your own ending.
All of the muppets singing together: Keep believing, keep pretending; we've done just what we've set out to do, thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you!
N.B. Take it one day/frog at a time. Remember the 30-Day Principle, with props to Jack Canfield [The Success Principles]:
This was originally derived from NASA’s research with astronauts. In his book, Jack tells the story of NASA asking the astronauts to wear special lenses in glasses so that the world would appear upside down to them. They had to wear the special glasses 24/7. NASA wanted to find out how they would handle being upside down in space.
After about three weeks, the astronauts wearing the special lenses suddenly saw the world right-side up through the glasses. Their brains just rotated everything they saw by 180 degrees. NASA ultimately concluded that it took 25 days for a new representation to be believable to the unconscious mind. When they interrupted the study part way through, it was like starting from scratch. From this NASA posited the 30-Day Rule: it takes us (our brains and body) a month to adapt to seeing a new world view.
Jack suggests adopting one positive habit (permanent change) per quarter [or for a 100-DAY Gong, if you're game!] so experiment and gather a list of things you want to improve, then choose one for a keeper -- apply the 30-Day Principle and GO FOR IT!! .:.
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