I’ve never forgotten what a keynote speaker said during freshman orientation at Montclair State.

I don’t remember his face. Or what he was wearing. Or what he said in the whole rest of the 25 minutes he spoke to us at that amphiteathre. But I do remember part of a story that he told, that made me feel like I finally had the key to procrastination. He said that whenever you have a list to do, whether it be homework or work work work work work work(*Rihanna reference*), you have to eat the frog first.

This of course, is not literal.

The frog is the hardest thing on your list, that thing that you really, really don’t want to do. Finish that thing first, and the relief you’ll feel after that will help you finish the rest of your to do list. Plus, you will get practice doing the hardest thing so the easier thing is a million times easier to swallow.

In yoga, it is very tempting to skip the poses that you hate. But those poses that you hate are probably the poses that you need the most in your practice. The conversation that you are so scared to have with someone you love is probably a pretty big conversation that needs to happen before you can move forward in your relationship with eachother. That healthy food that you keep avoiding because it doesn’t taste like chocolate is probably the one your body needs most.

This goes to show that it doesn’t matter how you look or sound. It’s about how you make people feel.

Eat the frog first.

…the rest is a piece of cake.