Mark Twain famously said, “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.”
And I totally agree. When I look at my action list for the day ahead, I’ve gotten into the habit of starting with the task I want to do THE LEAST. The one I’d just rather wait to deal with because it holds some type of emotional weight or it just feels plain hard - like sending a particular email I’ve been putting off, or working on a section of a lesson plan I’ve been avoiding because it’s not the easiest to tackle. Let’s face it, most of the time, we’re gonna go right for the easiest or most pleasurable task on our list, first. Because, hey, we’re human.
But, I have to say when I start with "eating the frog" (doing the task I am avoiding/procrastinating), I can’t tell you the relief and pride I feel once it is behind me! It’s like a 10-ton weight lifted off my shoulders and all of a sudden I am breathing easier. You know what I mean, right?
When I was teaching the Frog lesson in the Path Course a while back, one of my students suggested we name the pleasurable tasks “chocolate donuts,” which stuck. So, now we have the counterbalance to frog-eating - a chocolate donut (or, fill in the blank with your treat of choice). And how much better is eating a chocolate donut — one of the tasks that delight you — once you’ve already eaten that frog?
One of the pillars of working the Path is committing to eating at least one frog per week (tackling one challenging task from your to-do list each week). You will be surprised how invigorating it can be, and how much more gets accomplished!
And if you’ve been meaning to sign up for the Path Course — putting it off and leaving the website tab open in your browser? Well, then, this is it, YOUR first frog. Simply signing up for the Path — putting those first crucial steps of your plan into action is a huge win.
But don’t take our word for how good it’s going to feel once you’ve hunkered down an eaten the thing. Check out the links below from interviews we have done with Path Alum over the years — frog-eating experts. Our Artists in Action are working their paths every day, and it’s working. They’re working.
First Broads of Comedy, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson took the Path Course while working on many different projects, including their Youtube webseries, Broad City. Months later it was picked up by Comedy Central.
“… you can plan to get from point A to point B, but you may end up in some place you never expected, or you may take a detour that gets you to some other great place. The point is — plan and prepare for greatness, and you'll find it some way. But the Path Class actually does accomplish specifically what it sets out to do, every single class — empower artists to create their own path and to know that their career is in their hands.
There are many many ways to be successful and satisfied in this industry. It doesn't happen the same way for everyone. When I took The Path class, I was still in the mentality that getting on a house team at the theatre was the way, the only way to get seen and heard. There are so many ways and if you find your own way it can take you places you never could have imagined."
Comedian and former SNL cast member, Sasheer Zamata recently mentioned The Path on Don Fanelli’s Need to Fail podcast:
“At the end of [the class] I was full sobbing… for the first time I was like, oh my god this is helping me organize my thoughts and my goals and my dreams and it’s making it very clear to me and very attainable.”
Actor, director, and composer Randy Redd says;
“I had surrendered my biggest dreams. I needed the vital tools that Path provides to dig my way out of my own fortress of fear, crippling self-doubt, and flourishing ambivalence.”
Comedian and Writer, Doug Moe, set the goal to write his book when taking the Path Course. He discovered he already had all the tools he needed, and yep, the book is published!
“I wish I knew back when I started that you already have the tools you need to get started. It’s so easy to feel like other people are holding you back when it’s actually more about you working from what your current resources are.”
Still have Path questions? Don’t let this frog eat you! Sign up for a free 15-minute Path consultation, HERE. This may be the last in-person Path class offered for a while and we don’t want you to miss out.