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Tip Of The Day #91 - A Frog On A Log

Barbara Steckly

Barbara Steckly

Frogs On A Log

Leadership guru, John Maxwell often uses an old riddle his father told him as a teaching tool.

“Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump into the water. How many are left?”

One? Actually, if you analyze his words, you’ll realize there are still five frogs left on that log. You see, thinking about taking action, even right up to the point where you make the decision that you’re definitely going to take the action, is still NOT the same as the physical doing of the action.

The lesson? You need to DO, not just plan. You need to act deliberately to accomplish your goals and realize your dreams, or they just remain wishful fantasies.

You need to live INTENTIONALLY!

In Maxwell’s book, No Limits, he cites three concepts that contribute to intentional living.

Be Willful- Most people do not lead their lives. They just passively accept the events that come their way. The Greek Philosopher, Epictetus summed it all up.

“It’s so simple really: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.”

Be Consistent –If you continue to spend more money than you earn, it adds up to huge debt. If you consistently take the path to instant gratification, it compounds to unhealthy living. If you are consistently negative, it follows that, because your thoughts create your reality, life obligingly gets worse.

However, if what you do is continually positive, life immediately looks brighter, and continues to get better and better.

So be consistently positive!

And thirdly, of course, as we learned from the frogs,

Be Deliberate – Life is not a dress rehearsal. There are no “do overs” for the days, weeks, all the years that are wasted sitting around, wishing and hoping. Would you rather live a life of failed attempts, or be tormented by regrets, because you never even tried? At least, you learn volumes from the failed attempts.

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