As a leader, do you find yourself not getting stuff done with visible results? I learned a great phrase this year: Eat that Frog! Many times as leaders we have so much to get accomplished, but we also have to deal with the tough issues, like staffing, relationships, our work pile, and the list goes on and on.
As you know, this adds much stress in a leader’s life if they never learn to “Eat that Frog” and tackle the nasty stuff (frog) first! The phrase “Eat that Frog” was coined by best-selling author and teacher, Brian Tracy. Brian says that in order to recapture your time, you and I have to “Eat that Frog”, that draining issue, early in our day so that we can enjoy the rest of our day (my emphasis).
Leaders, here are some questions to consider. Do you ever feel like you need 25 hours a day? Do stress and anxiety take over when you think of your never-ending to-do list that only seems to grow longer as you stare at it?
You see, we only get 24 hours in a day–no more, no less! The clock is always moving ahead with or without us. Time is at hand! God even tells us that we are to number our days (Psalm 90:12). However, you and I do not have to constantly battle the clock. You and I do not have to fight between work time, quality time with family and friends, and all the other tasks we’re responsible for–you simply don’t have enough time.We only have 24 hours!
As we work for the kingdom, do not get to the point of shutting down. Because, if you are like me, sometimes you feel so overwhelmed and grow weary in the well doing that you simply shut down like your laptop only to find yourself not fully recharged and drained again by the end of the day. It’s time to take back the time in your life.
Brian’s powerful system, although secular in approach, is based on his best-selling book, Eat That Frog!, and is designed to help you recapture your time. Learn to master the time or time will master you. He says that “‘Eat that frog’ is simply a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day. When you apply this concept all day, every day, you become a veritable powerhouse of productivity.”
Check out his website here and learn to become a better leader!