“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Mark Twain is onto something.
Frogs are else-wise famous with the metaphor of boiling them:
The boiling frog is an anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that occur gradually.
Somehow, I’ve twisted this into a “Survival of the fittest” blog post 🙂
First . . . To set the record straight for any animal lovers out there, Mark Twain isn’t really advocating eating a live frog, AND Frogs will not actually stay in the pot until they’re cooked . . . Reports are that frogs are smart enough to jump out of the pot before it gets hot enough to cook’m.
Nevertheless, these 2 analogies offer awesome fodder for “Productivity and Motivational Coaches” to coax their audience into better habits.
The frog you eat is the thing you MOST dread doing each day.
Of course, you can procrastinate at which point you become the frog being boiled because that thing will NOT go away by itself, and you KNOW it.
It will fester in the recesses of your mind, and you will sweat and stew about it . . . until you finally drum up the courage to eat it.
This frog will keep you distracted and will cause you to “lose the day” until you just do it!
So . . . Are you goin’ to eat the frog or BE the frog?
I guess that’ll depend on how committed you are to successfully achieving your goals.
(Oh MAN! THAT was a cheap shot – and probably necessary.)
Eat up and SOAR!
In my business of Real Estate Sales and Brokerage, there are many frogs to eat most every day. We REALTORS (and most people) are in an emotional roller-coaster world which can take us from euphoria to a very dark place in the matter of a single phone call . . . and then back to euphoria with the next call.
While it may be fun to dodge the calls that we know are not going to be pleasant news, we know that unless we eat those frogs as they surface, our goose will get COOKED!
OOPS – I changed species, but I think you get the picture, eh?
Hoping this is a fabulous week for you!
and hoping that if you are considering Buying or selling a house any time in the future in Middle Tennessee, you start with a call to Pareto Realty to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
We won’t make you eat any frogs!