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By February 2, 2017Be Inspired, Eat That Frog

WHERE WE WILL REVIEW 1 chapter of Brian Tracey’s book, “Eat That Frog” each day in FABruary


The Cliff Notes from today’s reading:
“The Introduction”

The introduction begins very positively reminding us that there’s never been more opportunities for you to achieve your goals.  However, the author, Brian Tracey also reiterates because of the immense possibilities, we could also find ourselves drowning in options.  He underscores how you will ALWAYS be behind in SOME of your tasks and probably MANY of them.

Brian, then quickly reviews some of the specific topics we will begin to delve more into as the book unfolds, I’ve recapped them briefly for you below.

Your ability to select your most important task, get started on it, complete it quickly and well, will have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop. (WOW!)

Your “frog” is your most important task, the on you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

Rule 1 of Frog Eating: “If you have to eat 2 frogs, eat the ugliest one 1st
Rule 2 of Frog Eating: “
If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.”

Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete.

Make a habit of starting and completing important tasks FIRST!  This is a mental and physical skill, which means it is “learnable” through practice and repetition!

It is possible develop an addiction to the endorphins that are released when you accomplish an important goal.

There’s no quick fix, but be encouraged sisters! Your mind is like a muscle; with practice, you an learn ANY behavior or habit!

Decision – make a decision to develop a habit of task completion
Discipline – disciple yourself to practice the principles you are about to learn repeatedly until they truly become a habit
Determination – back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.

0a033e974c37c4f674f588cb2c1e9e8dVISUALIZE YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE
You must SEE YOURSELF as the kind of person who gets important jobs done quickly and well on a consistent basis.  The way you see yourself on the inside (your self image) largely determines your performance on the outside.


1. An average person who develops the habit of setting priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who makes wonderful plans but gets little done.

2. The 1 most important decision you make each day is what you will do immediately and what you will do later, if you do it at all.

3. Many people confuse activity with accomplishment. Talking all day in endless meetings, but not actually doing ANYTHING!
4. Completing major tasks releases in endorphins.  Our bodies can become addicted to the endorphin release of achieving our goals!


  1. Today’s reading assignment is to read the INTRODUCTION of the book only.
  2. Sit for a moment diva, and really reflect on the following question before rushing to answer.  What truly stops from your doing what you KNOW needs to be done to achieve your goals? It’s not enough to just know what to do, you have to actually do it!!! Share here in the comments of this post what you believe stops you from achieving your goals?
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  • Janice Alnutt Davis says:

    What stops me from doing what I know needs to be done is that I just look at the frog and think I can eat it at any time and I may or mostly may not start doing unimportant menial tasks because the frog is in the way. Therefore, I never get to the frog and it keeps hopping around in my mind reminding me that it needs to be done. This introduction is very encouraging to me and has made me realize that doing the biggest and most important tasks first will clear the way to get other things done.

  • Wanda says:

    OMG!! I so need this book in my life right now. I line my frogs up daily and try to eat them up all at once. It’s so reassuring to know that I may only it one daily and that’s ok. The pressure I put on myself to finish it all in a day is unreal. Perfect Book at the Perfect time!!

  • Garnett McNeill says:

    What stops me from eating my frog is deciding which frog I should eat first. I make too many things priorities rather than deciding which frog is the biggest and should be tackled first. It’s my indecision that gets me. If I can concur that I can get better at eating those frogs.

  • Lanicia says:

    I think about all my frogs at once…not being able to sometimes focus on the most important frog. I constantly think about the entire list though I have prioritized. I have to not put all of my frogs on the same list in order to achieve goals. I normally end up wearing myself out if I don’t do it that way! And then sometimes I feel as if all of my frogs have the same importance thus making it hard (sometimes) to decide which to eat first πŸ™‚

    • Coach Twy says:

      I can totally relate!!! I order them as best I can, and do what I think is right at that time. Otherwise, you will be stuck staring at the frogs.

  • Trish says:

    I think what stops me from accomplishing my goals is thinking of all I have to do, trying to figure out what to do first. I become discouraged and then not having the energy to do it. I thinking how did I get this far in life! πŸ€”πŸ™„
    I did take a huge step this year by creating a vision board.Great chapter to reflect on!

    • Coach Twy says:

      Congrats on your vision board. The good thing about lists that you prioritize is you KNOW that everything on that list is needed. So, no matter which you do first, you’re doing a great job. Just do one as quickly as you can, and to its completion and keep moving down the list sis

  • Sheryl Lawrence says:

    I have too many frogs and I am a perfectionist. I want to have it done perfectly.

    • Coach Twy says:

      Girrrrrrl, that used to be me!!!! Until God released me from that. Perfection doesn’t exist except thru HIM! Just do your personal very best!

  • Beverly C says:

    What stops me from reaching my goals is, I get sidetracked because I want to do so many things that I lose steam. One thing that stood out to me in the introduction was to tackle the major things first and I’m used to working on small things, gave me something to think about.

  • Jenell Walker says:

    Overthinking and saying I can do it later. Then there is not time to do it or I’m exhausted.

    • Liz Prince says:

      This book is digging deep into what we are doing. I see you changing this up so it will work for you. I am routing for you!

  • Danielle says:

    The thing that stops me from eating my frogs is me! Many times I will go to do a thing I don’t wanna do and I will stop right on my tracks and say outright I’m not doing it. I know it’s important and detrimental if not done but I walk away any way. Typing this is make me ashamed but I know it’s me. When I have to get a thing done I literally talk out loud and tell myself to get your butt up and do this now.

  • Delores says:

    As Danielle, mentioned above, I’m my worst enemy. I sit around and think about things that I need to do and I’ll say “oh I’ll do it later, and it never gets done. From this day forward, I will do better. I feel I’ve on the road to recovery, because I have my calendar noted with things I need to do.

    • Liz Prince says:

      Wow, I see that this is common in all of us. Well we are starting to make changes and I like that idea of putting it on the calendar. So it will prompt us to get it done. Thanks for sharing and I am glad you are getting some good stuff from this book.

  • Lisa says:

    What stops me from getting my things done is waiting for the “perfect time” like such a thing will ever exist. I am waiting for all the stars to align until I get started. When my kids are older, when the house is clean, when life is not crazy, etc. I am always waiting for the perfect time. I keep waiting until I can see how I’m going to get the whole thing done instead of doing what I can do today and decide when I can get the rest done. Almost as if I’m saving myself from failure by never getting started. If I don’t start I can’t fail.

    • Coach Twy says:

      Sounds like procrastination, but it really is fear of failure. You only fail if you don’t try. Every time you don’t start you are actually failing by default. Start!! You never fail if you start and keep going!

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