Day 23 – Confidence Hack – Eat That Frog

In yesterday’s post I shared some tough love with you and explained why complaining about things isn’t a good long-term strategy. In today’s confidence hack we’re going to piggyback on that idea by eating the frog. Often the thing we complain about is something we don’t want to do. It’s the thing we dread and keep putting off. We spent more time worrying and complaining about it than is good for ourselves. Worst of all it makes us feel less confident and less competent. Instead of pushing it back and putting it off, we should get in the habit of tackling it head on, first thing in the morning.

What do frogs have to do with it?

What do frogs have to do with it you ask? Good question. It’s an expression I picked up from Brian Tracey who wrote a book called “Eat that Frog”. It’s a great read and I recommend you pick up a copy when you get the chance. The reasoning behind it is this. What if I asked you to eat a frog? Unless you’re into French cuisine, that does not sound like an appetizing endeavor. Instead it’s one of those things you really don’t want to do and you keep putting it off. If you just went ahead and ate that frog first thing in the morning, you wouldn’t spend all day worrying and agonizing about having to eat it. Instead of dampening your self-esteem and confidence, getting it done right away will boost your self-confidence and increase your courage.

While you probably haven’t been asked to eat a frog, you’ve been in plenty of similar situations. Maybe it’s the tough assignment at work, decluttering your closet at home, or doing your taxes. We all have tasks we want to put off, sometimes indefinitely. But doing this holds us back. We know we’ll have to get that work assignment done eventually and that taxes will be due April 15th. We also know that getting ready in the morning will be much easier with a closet filled only with outfits we’d actually wear.

We also know that doing this work that has to be done early in the day when we have the mental and physical energy to do it will be much easier than trying to rush through it and pull an all-nighter at the last minute.

Today’s Hack

Going forward I challenge you to “eat that frog” and do the most difficult or most dreaded task first. Not only will you do a much better job with it and waste less energy and worrying about it, it’s also a great way to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Don’t Miss A Thing

In case you missed one of the emails and posts, here are the tips I’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – Welcome to the Challenge

Day 2 – The Connection Between Self-Confidence And Courage

Day 3 – Making Courage A Habit

Day 4 – Look How Far You’ve Come

Day 5 – Scared? Do it anyway!

Day 6 – What’s Your Big Why?

Day 7 – Confidence Hack – Strike a Power Pose

Day 8 – How Goals Can Help You Boost Your Confidence

Day 9 – Write Those Goals Down and Check Them Off

Day 10 – Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Day 11 – Keep a Journal

Day 12 – We All Have Bad Days

Day 13 – Confidence Hack – Do It Anyway

Day 14 – Time To Talk About Negative Thinking and Self-Talk

Day 15 – Stop Negative Self-Talk In Its Track

Day 16 – It’s a balancing act…

Day 17 – What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen?

Day 18 – Put Your Shoes On and Other Good Advice

Day 19 – Fake It Until You Make It

Day 20 – Let’s Talk About Random Acts of Kindness

Day 21 – Random Acts of Kindness on Steroids

Day 22 – Focus On Solutions