Succeed – Day 25 – Why expecting challenges and eating them for breakfast will change your life.
Let’s talk about why it’s best to do the hardest things first each day.
Norman Vincent Peale tells us to: “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You’ll find they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale
That is very true…but have you noticed how the longer you wait in the day…the less strength you personally have?
That is your willpower tank being depleted…it goes down every time you have to use it to get yourself into action throughout the day.
And consequently…obstacles seem to GROW in strength throughout the day.
That is why it’s important to do the hardest things first.
The author Brian Tracy says it this way: “If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first. This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.”
His book is called “Eat That Frog!” and I highly recommend it.
He says, “You cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.”
Here’s the deal…and you know this is true…challenges are coming your way!
Last I checked you’re still breathing…which means you’re alive…which means you are going to face challenges today.
You’ve already got a list of them ready to go I’m sure.
The only question is…which one will you do first?
Some people say… “Do the easiest one and get on a roll!”
And there is some merit to that thought process…but it’s flawed.
If you avoid eating your biggest, ugliest frog until later, it’s only getting harder to start while your willpower is diminishing.
Instead – chomp down the biggest challenge you have FIRST THING.
And to make it easy to get started, just commit to taking the first bite!
That’s the best approach to feeling and BEING productive, fulfilled and satisfied with your success for today.
Hardest thing first, but clearly write the first step, so you use the minimal amount of willpower to get yourself rolling.
Eat that frog! The ‘mini-priority’ way.
How will this approach to each day change your life?
“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” – Claude M. Bristol.
By eating your biggest challenges for breakfast each day you make the rest of each day feel like a breeze.
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine
Doesn’t it make sense that we should set ourselves up for a meaningful life by getting to it first thing each day?
Why should we wait to experience interesting fulfillment today?
This approach guarantees growth and fulfillment ever day!
If we wait, we risk missing out on that!
When we avoid hard things, it costs us dearly in mental energy. Then we usually end up putting them off ‘til tomorrow – missing out on the meaning today!
Nobody wants to miss out on joy! But that’s what happens when we neglect to face our biggest obstacles first.
How you choose to live today is how you’ll tend to live every day.
The only way to live a Truly Amazing Life is to Make Today Amazing.
And what about those challenges that blindside us throughout the day?
It pays to remember “The Positive Thinking Secret”, that: Everything is conspiring for your benefit.
Keeping that in mind will remind you it’s all fine.
Which makes a big difference in how you approach the day.
Entire books have been written on just this topic – it’s that important – but here are just a couple great perspectives:
“The upside of catastrophe can be an opening to a higher level of awareness. If life is viewed as a teacher, then it becomes just that. But unless we become humble and transform them into gateways to growth and development, the painful life lessons that we deal ourselves are wasted.” – David R. Hawkins
If our reaction to the challenges that pop up in life is “why me? Why do so many bad things happen to me?”, then we’ll completely miss the beauty in what the Universe is lovingly allowing us to experience for our growth and ultimate joy.
In truth, “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill
I can’t even count how many times I’ve experienced huge opportunity from what seemed were major setbacks…but now it’s automatic to look for the good in everything.
And it can be for you too…as you affirm each day “Everything is conspiring for my benefit.”
“The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future.” – Philip Emeagwali
Believe it. Prioritize eating your biggest challenges for breakfast!
And eat any new ones for lunch if they happen to pop up!
Make Today Amazing!