Eating a Frog

I once worked with an engineering manager that would make every new employee push code to production on their very first day of work. This practice has always stuck with me because it’s a good metaphor and a good practice for moving past the mental blocks of any new undertaking.

This also reminds me of the Mark Twain quote about eating a live frog first thing in the morning because once you’ve done that, you know the worst is behind you.

Everyday when I write out my todo list, I choose the hardest thing on the list and move it to the top. The hardest thing could be a difficult coding problem that I do not have any experience with, or it could be an email I need to write but would rather put off.

I have wanted to develop a habit of writing for a long time. I’ve put it off because I am worried that I might not be very good at it or that it is difficult because I am not meant to be a writer.

I joined Ship 30 for 30 because I knew I needed to eat a frog. I know this will be the hardest thing on my list but once I push through I know the worst is behind me.

I will leave you with a quote from an author who makes it look easy, but who self-admittedly has learned to push through the mental blocks too:

“When we experience something that is difficult and requires significant time and effort, we are quick to think, This is supposed to be easy; it’s not worth the effort, or, This should be easier: it’s only hard and slow because I’m not good at it. Hopeful self-talk sounds more like, This is tough, but I can do it.”

– Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection