I had a conversation with one of my mentors yesterday. Among the things he shared was this question:
3 frogs are sitting on a log, one decides to jump off, how many frogs are left sitting on the log? Think about it before you scroll for the answer. I am adding a couple of pics just so you’ll have time to think about the answer.
So 3 frogs are sitting on a log, one decides to jump off, how many frogs are left sitting on the log? Well, 3 of course. Why? Because deciding to do something isn’t the same as doing it. The world is full of good intentions. Losers have good intentions. People who can’t get a diet started have good intentions. People who sign up for a gym have good intentions. People who buy running clothes have good intentions. People who sign up for races have good intentions. People who make a to-do list have good intentions. People who open up the laptop and start thinking about a novel outline have good intentions. But that’s just deciding to jump off the log.
At some point, you have to make the leap to transform your good intentions into good actions. You have to actually start the diet, go the gym and get on the treadmill, put some miles on the fancy running shoes to break them in, you have to show up at the start line and run the race, do the things on the list, tap away at the keyboard consistently for a few months and write the 70,000 word minimum it takes to finish a novel.
Deciding to jump isn’t the same as jumping.
I’ve had a lot of good intentions. People I planned to call or visit, things I planned to do, miles I planned to run, weight I planned to lose, books I planned to finish and publish so I could see my name on the display at the bookstore. But it won’t matter if I never do them.
The road to failure is paved with good intentions. We have to move from good intentions to good actions.
I’m currently reading John C. Maxwell’s Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters Click the link to purchase a copy on Amazon.
Thanks for reading my blog and now I am going to go cross some things off my To-Do List. Won’t you join me?