Eat That Frog! Part 9 of 9: Grow Yourself
October 28, 2009 by Dr. Lam
Unfortunately, many of us need to be motivated by another person, to be inspired, to be driven, to be pushed. Only 2% of people really motivate themselves and serve as their own cheerleaders. These individuals are known as leaders. I believe that many of you who read these blogs do so out of your own volition for self improvement so you qualify as these self-motivated individuals.
When we stop growing we die. I like the saying, “When you are green you are growing, when you are ripe you are rotting.” Or as Tracy quotes Pat Riley, “Anytime you stop striving to get better, you are bound to get worse.” If we stop growing personally and/or professionally, we stagnate and start to rot. These blogs are intended for all of us to grow (including and especially me) so that we can become better human beings and pertaining to this blog series more efficient, motivated, productive, and contributing human beings.
Procrastinators work by having someone impose deadlines for them. Leaders impose their own imaginary deadlines to get things done. They have internal clocks that pressure them to perform. They must accomplish something by a certain date not because they were told that it was due on that date but because they feel they need it done by that date. How do you work? Do you work until the last second something is due or do you create your own internal due dates that follow a consistent rhythm? When people say, “Oh, I work well with deadlines,” they are in fact declaring themselves procrastinators.
When the pessimist encounters a problem, he sees a roadblock. An optimist sees an opportunity for learning from his/her mistake. I like the saying that I heard from a friend of mine, “We can only grow from our trials and tribulations. Without them, we don’t grow.” That is a truism. It is how I live my life. Of course, I am not always perfectly optimistic about every downturn but I am certainly improving by seeing negative experiences as actually being quite fruitful. As Viktor Frankl said, when all freedoms are taken from you your last freedom is attitude. Our attitude truly defines our core. When we have a good self image, self esteem, positive outlook, then almost nothing is impossible.
If we are not in the best physical shape, lack sleep, drink too much alcohol, work late, etc., we are not going to be our best and we simply can’t perform. Picture yourself as a professional athlete training to be at the top of your game. We all can work to make sure that we meet these rigid goals so that we can perform in our personal and professional lives so much better.
I hope you will continue this journey with me of self improvement and ongoing maturation so that we can become better people to serve ourselves and others that much better. I hope you can incorporate the many wonderful things Brian Tracy has taught in Eat That Frog! as I have.