Are you an Ostrich or do you eat Frogs!

I was reminded last night of how so many people stick their heads in the sand when things aren’t quite going to plan. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of this and sometimes from close friends and business associates. Here’s what happens:

You need someone to make an important decision on something and you don’t hear anything back. You might email them but they don’t reply. You might call them but you get no answer. We all know this is because they don’t want to let you down as the answer they have to give you is not the one you want to hear.

Now here’s the silly thing. You know the above is true, the other person probably knows it too and yet they stick their head firmly in the sand and don’t confront the issue.

Rather than confront it, speak to you and allow you to plan what happens next, they stick their head in the sand which helps……no one.

Ask yourself if you do this? In business there is no room for this practice. Hard decisions often need to be made and made quickly. Quite often you need to confront issues which mean calling or meeting people you don’t particularly want to.

Have you heard of the term ‘eat that frog’? It comes from a great book by Brian Tracy (aff link) which you can buy for about a fiver.

Here is the review from Amazon: “There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day.

Eat That Frog! takes this saying as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day – the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that will have the greatest positive impact on your life. Bestselling author Brian Tracy shows how successful people don’t try to do everything, but instead focus on the most important tasks.

So what are your frogs? Write them down and deal with them first thing in the morning rather than procrasinating on them and making things worse for yourself and others.

I’m off to eat mine now…nom nom nom

Now Your Thoughts

  • Have you got any other tips for getting the ‘right’ things done effectively?
  • Any tips on other good books we should read in this area?


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  2. Scott Gould on 26th February 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hey Al

    I read this book many years ago – it’s a classic on procrastination and about moving things forward.

    I find that dealing with harsh and vital stuff first thing is a way to make sure that every day counts.

    I’m sure we all have times when we look back on our week and wonder what we did – but eating the frog ensures that you are making everyday count with the bottom line.

    • Banksy on 28th February 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks for your input as always Scott – I thought you’d have probably read the book 🙂

  3. James Moffat on 26th February 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Nice post Al – Great advice that more people should follow.

    Every time I have dwelt or worried about an issue and considered ignoring it or putting it off, it has always proven in retrospect to be less painful to face it down.

    Sometimes that means being a bit more straight talking or direct than most people find comfortable – but you have to be strong and face it out!

    Sadly, most people seek to avoid confrontation of any sort at all costs – even if by not confronting a problem it gets worse.

    I can empathise – if I am worried about an issue, I can often feel every bone in my body is telling me to ‘do an ostrich’, ignore it, put off dealing with it, stick my head in the sand – but the truth is if you stay strong and face it down you will always find it easier to deal with in the end.


    • Banksy on 28th February 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Hi James, good to see you here and adding your valuable input. I’m sure like me, there are always frogs to eat in your business and very glad to hear that you adopt my philosophy of dealing with them upfront rather than letting things fester. 🙂

  4. Helena on 28th February 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Lovely analogy. I always think of ‘frogs’ a bit like trips to the dentist – all over more quickly and rarely as painful as you expect.

    • Banksy on 1st March 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Helena – I really appreciate you dropping by and commenting – means a lot 🙂

      I totally agree regarding the link to dentists – ha ha, great way to look at it

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  6. sim stewart on 4th March 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Read your last post first Al and then this one, both make a lot of sense and it’s always good to know you’re not alone in having difficult decisions to make. Thanks, Sim

    • Banksy on 4th March 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Hey Sim, Thanks for the comment. You’re definitely not alone – we must hook up soon btw 🙂

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