Success comes from

Eating your frog

Success comes from

Eating your frog

Road to Success by Eating the Frog

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain

Every week, I get a very good question from lovely friends of the Academy of Cubicle Crashers (led by Lydia Lee of Screw The Cubicle) :

What frog will you eat this morning before you start your day?…What’s your frog?

What does this mean?

Some people may see this as a way to cure procrastination.

For me, I see this as doing things out of my comfort zone to benefit myself that will in turn benefit others. Maybe they are the same.

 

Why is my blog called the Frog Blog?

I started this blog today to share the frogs or frog legs I get to eat everyday **YUMS!**. I’m not offering any unsolicited advice here, just sharing my journey transitioning from a freelancer to entrepreneur, doing what works best for me now.

If this resonates with you, I truly hoping you will come on board this ship with me so that we will both succeed together, sooner than never.

You see, for many years of my life working as a graphic design service provider, I saw income as something more valuable than time. My clients’ requests are always on the top of my priority list and any tasks for myself are either way at the bottom or non-existent.

Don’t get me wrong, helping my clients are never a waste of time. But the phrase “time is money” brought about the wrong angle of thought. This taught me that the more time I spent helping the client, the more income it will bring.

Over time, I got used to this and as soon as a client needed help, I did what I could to help. I became so comfortable reacting to a client’s needs, I didn’t know how to create anything for myself.

When I was free, I could have used the time to produce or create my own work, but I was so used to taking orders that blocking off time for myself was a chore. Making time for myself was sapping more energy from me than making time for a client.

I didn’t know what to do with my free time, I waited for more orders.

What happened was, my client’s needs became my own.

This may be a good thing, but I didn’t learn that I should reserve time to be the client too, because since the client’s needs = my needs, I see it as I’ve helped myself anyway.

I haven’t learn that it does not mean that being able to bring in more income will improve my life.

My life has always been great, but it didn’t improve in the way I wanted.

When I finally got a rude awakening that time is not a renewable resource **durhhh**, I started to see the relationship between time and income differently.

What’s the difference?

 

What it used to be

  1. Order is taken
  2. I get to it immediately
  3. Took 10 hours if I wanted to
  4. Just get it done before moving on to the next order
  5. Repeat

My business was a one-man show.

 

What I do now…

  1. Knowing what I want to become in a year
  2. List down what I must do to get there, inclusive of client work and my own actions
  3. Chunk these down to fit them into weekly and daily time slots
  4. Act on them consistently

Now I’m building a great team, fully remote and helping business coaches build more leads by providing them with unlimited ongoing graphic design service.

 

What’s the difference?

Big difference! I used to only complete client work that led to burn out. Now I am able to complete both client work and my own stuff.

This improves my life tremendously, and in turn improve how I can serve clients better!

With this little change (though with lots of energy), I am able to move forward and upward.

This mindset changed my life because I’ve started to consistently eat the frog that I must eat to move closer to where I want to go.

Knowing this, the energy required to make time for myself to eat the frog isn’t that much anymore. This time eating the frog has entered my comfort zone and there’s less procrastination in doing things I set out to do for myself.

 

Have you eaten your frog today?

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