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Just being in motion will never get you to your Big. To do that, you need to be sure you're doing the right things, in the right order, for the right reasons.

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Mark Twain shared a lot of wisdom with his readers.  For me, one of his most powerful recommendations is this one:  "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."




While most of aren't going to take this advice literally, we do have the opportunity to do something almost equally unpleasant every single day. The nature of that unpleasant activity varies from one person to another, but what those tasks all have in common is that something makes them scary, uncomfortable, and a reason to procrastinate.


At any given moment, every entrepreneur probably has several frogs facing him or her.  The successful entrepreneur is the one who grabs the biggest frog as soon as it appears, shuts her eyes, and swallows the damn thing.


If you could use some help on how to deal with your frogs (or, better yet, keep them from showing up in the first place), read on. 

Tip of the Week
Do the worst first.

If the image of swallowing a live frog has you too busy gagging to think about how to apply the principle, here's a less nauseating way to view it.

If you think back to the last time you procrastinated on a task you knew would be uncomfortable, you'll undoubtedly remember how every time you thought of it you felt an emotional weight on your spirit and - if you're really lucky - an almost physical weight on your shoulders.  How much did that burden deplete your energy, depress your creativity, and reduce your productivity?

Better to trade a few minutes of discomfort immediately and all at once rather than to tolerate hours of it strung out over weeks.
A Really Good Resource

light bulb
Brian Tracy is a leading light in the professional development field.  Any time I've heard him talk or read one of his books, it's felt like he's been talking directly to me.

That's why I was especially drawn to his book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.  Although there are days when I am definitely on top of my game, there are unfortunately days when I just stare at the frog on my desk instead of dealing with it.  If you find yourself in that situation more often than you'd like, you're sure to discover one or more techniques in this great collection to raise your productivity and lower your stress.
How's This for Success?   
A successful entrepreneur will swallow even this.

Nobody in America typically likes to hear from the Internal Revenue Service; after all, it's not really a "feel good" organization.  That's why I was just a bit apprehensive when my husband and I got a letter from them a few years ago.

I became even more nervous when I read that we were going to be audited.  My brain said that we'd come through it okay - we had an excellent tax professional working with us - but my gut was tied up in knots, wondering if we'd be hit with penalties or additional taxes to be paid.

I'll admit there was some temptation to "deal with this later."
Fortunately, I realized this would only make an uncomfortable situation even worse, so Joseph and I addressed it right away.

It was definitely a nasty frog to swallow, but we were rewarded for our prompt action.  Instead of owing any money (taxes or penalties), it turned out that the IRS owed us money - to the tune of about $3,000.
Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this week's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Stepping Into Big
hamster on her wheel by Heindraus
light bulb by aloshbennett
big honkin' frog by mikebaird 
The Bottom Line

The good news about swallowing the biggest frog first is how relieved and energetic you feel afterwards.  The bad news is that sometimes it's just so flippin' ugly that you can't bring yourself to do it without some serious support (and maybe even a few kicks in the behind).

If your office is starting to look like a swamp because of all the ugly frogs hanging around, I can help.  A large part of what I offer my clients is regular accountability check-ins to keep them on target doing the uncomfortable-but-important tasks that every entrepreneur faces.  While excuses are not allowed, bumps in the road are expected, and we'll deal with them as they come up.

If that sounds like something that would free up a lot of energy and get a lot of ugly frogs off your desk, just call or e-mail me to set up a let's-see-what-we-see, get-acquainted call. 

Wishing you joy on your journey into Big...

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