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?