Mark Twain famously said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
What does this mean for us as we seek motivation on this Monday morning?
It means that most likely there is something on your to-do list that you just do not want to do. It is the thing you are most likely to leave to tomorrow. It’s the thing you are going to leave forever and never get done, but it has to be done.
In other words, look at your to-do list for today, for the week, and find the thing you don’t want to do but have to do, and just do it right now. Once you have done it, your week can only get easier and you will have a better mindset than you had before doing it.
You know what the frog is – you know what you want done in your to-do list but you don’t want to do. If you wait until the end of the day or the end of the week to do it, it is staring at you all day and sucking your motivation, building pressure, playing on your mind and causing you unhappiness.
So many people start their day doing what they want to do, and don’t even need to do. To be a success today, do that thing you need to do, even if you don’t want to. Grow up, and eat that frog!
Today I want to motivate you to make this week as successful as possible. One of the most powerful motivations is to make lists. Lists have incredible power.
Here are some lists you could make to change your life:
- A list of the books you are going to read this month
- A list of the people you are going to pray for today
- A list of the things you have to do this week
- A list of things you are dreaming for this year
- A list of what you want in a job, partner, house, etc.
Lists have remarkable power in that they bring focus. Written lists are remarkably powerful. Studies show that everyone who is a millionaire keeps lists. You want to be a millionaire learn how to make lists. I have a list of things I do every day, a list of the exercises I will do at the gym today, a list of things I have to do this week and this month, a list of Scriptures to memorize, and many more. Lists change your life.
Habukkuk 2.2 says to write the vision and make it plain. Making lists is a way you can write it and make it plain. Your lists are the recipe for your future success.
- Lists take mental juggling away, it saves our mind from memory and ts it create.
- Lists help us assign priority to things, which leads to success
- Lists make us more organized which leads to efficiency.
Let me know in the comments below which lists you are making today and if you have any questions.
Remember: walking in your dreams is your destiny.