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Pen to Paper: Settling (17)

Presented below is a thought from me on writing, a quote from someone else on writing, an excerpt from that writer, and a discipline/habit to implement… 

We will be focusing on settling today.

A Thought

“It’s ridiculously easy for me to settle for the first idea. Not that it’s terrible or anything, but I can’t help but wonder what I might be missing out on if I just scratched the surface a little more.”

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“Never settle for anything less than your best.”

– Brian Tracy (Author & Motivational Speaker)

An Excerpt

Brian Tracy (Page 2 of “Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”

“The Truth about Frogs

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.”

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Pretty intriguing, huh?

As writers, we ought to fully embrace the concept of frog eating. Yes, that means tackling the most unsightly frogs (the things we dread doing but must) first so we can get into a writing groove.

Now, you might be wondering how this ties in with settling on an idea. Well, fear not, for I have the answer!

Whenever I neglect to prioritize tasks that require attention and barely manage to squeeze in a writing session, I find myself settling for the first idea that pops into my head. Why? Simply because I’m crunched for time or lacking energy.

So here’s my proposition: let’s strive to devour those frogs that need to be taken care of as soon as possible, giving ourselves more time and energy to dedicate to our creative endeavors.

If this mindset discipline resonates with you, do let me know. I, too, will be diving even deeper into this approach!

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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