There are five frogs sitting on a log. One of them decided to jump into the pond full of lily pads. How many frogs were left on the log?
The answer is five. That frog only decided to, it didn’t say that he actually jumped.
This time of year, we all make decisions or New Year’s resolutions but how many times do we actually follow through on these decisions? The problem is that just by telling other people what our resolutions are, we have an emotional response that makes us feel as though we’ve already accomplished the goal.
Enough talk – it’s time to act.
The word decision comes from the Latin root that means cutting off. To make a decision is to cut off all other possibilities before they arrive. If you’re goal is to lose 10 pounds and someone offers you a brownie in the morning – the action response is “I don’t eat that anymore.” This cuts off any possibility. Saying things like “I’m on a diet” can be too vague and more easily manipulated to allow for other possibilities. It’s a subtle difference, but it makes all the difference.
Here are a few of my goals and the self talk I use to keep me on task:
Have a clean desk – I’m organized
Respond to voicemails and emails the same day – I respond and handle issues quickly
Work a little everyday on my personal goals – a wasted day is a day never seen again
Get the most difficult task done first each day – “Eat that frog!” A book written by Brian Tracy about procrastination that I plan to read someday 😉
Exactly my point. I’m not perfect, but I know that by having some goals and a daily strategy to achieve those goals is what drives me to move forward and gives me energy and hope for the future.
Fail often and forgive quickly. But in all cases – keep moving forward.