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 it is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”
This is a wonderful time to be alive. There have never been more possibilities and opportunities for you to achieve more of your goals than exist today, but as Thomas Friedman says “We live in a world where more things than ever are possible, but less things than ever are guaranteed”. As perhaps never before in human history, you are actually drowning in options. In fact, there are so many things that you can do, and need to do, that your ability to decide among them may be the critical determinant of what you accomplish in life. If you are like most people today (right everyone?), you are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time. As you struggle to get caught up, new tasks and responsibilities keep rolling in, like the waves of the ocean.
THE NEED TO BE SELECTIVE:
For this reason, and perhaps more than ever before, your ability to select your most important task (hence # 1 Goal of the Day) at each moment, and get it done quickly and well, will probably have more impact on your success than any other skill or quality you develop.
“An average person who develops the habit of setting CLEAR priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but gets very little done”