How do you approach something you dread? Do you put it off until the last minute? Some of us claim to work better under pressure which is just another way of saying you’re a procrastinator. Or are you the “up and at ‘em” type that attacks challenges early on? Get the worst task over with so everything else looks easy. The latter approach is the one I’m going to persuade you to use.
Let’s suppose you start an exercise program but you’ve only been doing it a couple of days and you dread every minute of it. Let me digress for a moment. What if I told you that I wanted you to wake up every day and swallow a live frog first thing out of bed? Pretty insane, huh? Now I’ve heard of people swallowing a raw egg (like Rocky Balboa) first thing in the morning but never a live frog. Now, eating a live, slimy animal first thing of the day would virtually guarantee that it’s the worst thing that happens to you all day. By comparison getting a flat tire on the way to work or spraining your ankle playing basketball after work would still be much easier than eating a live frog at daybreak? Get my point?
Now, back to the exercise program. Suppose you did your push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, excerise bike or aerobics first thing out of bed each day. Wouldn’t that make the rest of your day look relatively easier? You’ve just completed 25 minutes of calorie-burning activity before your eyes were even wide awake. Cleaning out the garage, folding laundry or finishing that report for your boss today all look relatively easy now, don’t they?
So, by “swallowing the frog” first thing in the morning you’ll kick-start your day virtually assuring yourself the day will only get better and better!