Mark Twain once said, "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." Brian Tracy has written a wonderful book on how to avoid procrastination and get things done titled "Eat That Frog!" The "frog" is your most unsavory task on your "to-do" list. By taking care of that task first, you avoid the frog eventually becoming a crisis-what we in the business call a "huge, freakin' toad". In fact, as long as the frog is on your list, it generates anxiety, victim energy, tension and feelings of failure.
It is an easy thing to say, "Eat your frog", but it is still a frog. Below is my recipe for preparing your frog so that it is much more palatable.
1 live frog, usually lives at the bottom of your "to-do" list
1 cup of visualization of how satisfied you will be after consuming your frog
1 tsp of relief
1 tbsp of motivation
5 values, chopped and honored
Put your frog in front of you. Embrace the negative feelings you have about having to start the day by consuming this creature. Close your eyes and toss the frog with visions of what it will feel like to have the frog finished and eaten. Stir in the relief and how the completed project will honor your value system. Finally, top your frog with the motivation you now feel by focusing on the positive emotions after the frog is consumed, rather than the "have to" resistant emotions which were included with said frog.
We tend to think about unsavory tasks and immediately let negative reactions to the task invade our body. The dread of doing the task overrides the guilt and anxiety of not doing the task and we choose to plop the frog back at the bottom of the list.
But, let's put the dread of doing the task up against the relief and satisfaction you will feel when the job is done. Those emotions will always win out. So, when a frog present itself, immediately imagine how it will feel when the task is crossed off your list. It will not make the frog any more flavorful, but when the task is done, you will have the sweet aftertaste of fulfillment.