Review: Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog!
There are certainly a fair share of readers who feel that this book “offers nothing new” – and while one could argue that most motivational books are rehashed versions of previous ideas, Eat that Frog gets right to the heart of the matter – habits can make or break productivity, and discipline means developing and sticking to productive habits. What we all need is motivation and a logical purpose for doing (and continuing to do) the things we’ve developed habits around procrastinating.
Brian Tracy gives us a brief and easy read but one that is designed to be a reference much more than a mantle piece. This book was written in bullet points and has exercises designed to be repeated on a daily basis – a foundation for the creation of new, productive habits.
In theory the 21 habits Tracy outlines, repeated daily, can change a person behaviors in 21 days (which seems oddly convenient to me.) Of course advanced techniques like NLP offer faster roads to establishing behavior change, but for me, “developing positive habits” has much less psychobabble patina than “neurolinguistic reprogramming.” A central point is that habits must be conditioned and kept to with discipline – or they can be lost.
Brian Tracy gives this habit change solid motivation and reasoning. This is a quick, information-filled read which skips the psychology lessons and gets right to the tips that will actually make change happen for you. The book covers a wide range of critical topics, like establishing priorities, task delegation and elimination, appropriate procrastination, and when to tackle your “frog” (I’ll let you find out just what the frog is.)
This is an insightfully clear, concise book that helps the reader understand that by starting with eating your frogs one develops a habit that enables them to accomplish more than someone without the discipline to tackle the hard stuff up front. An excellent, worthwhile book which should make it on your annual reread list.