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Goal Setting - A Tale of Two Frogs

Lisa Young

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I'm sure you've heard the story of the two frogs that are sitting on a lily pad.

No? Let me recount it for you:

There are two frogs (let's call ‘em Joe and Spike) sitting on a lily pad. Spike jumps into the pond and starts to swim away to another, greener, fresher, more satisfying lily pad on the other side of the pond.

A few minutes later, Joe decides to jump in and go for a swim, too.

Question: How many frogs are sitting on the first lily pad?

Answer: Only Joe. He only DECIDED to jump. He didn't actually do it.

So here's my question to you: Which frog are you? Spike, the frog of decisive action, or Joe, the frog who is quite comfortable where he's at.

Oh, I hear you thinking - but he DID make a decision, didn't he? I mean Joe's a good frog, works all day, comes home to his wife and tadpoles and puts in an appearance at “the local" every now and then. He's sure to be moving up in this world. He's destined for greener lily pads, right?

Um. . not so much.

Tony Robbins, that “personal power" guru says in his book “Awaken the Giant Within" that “it's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. " It's right there on page 40 if you don't believe me.

But he's only partially right.

Listen to how foolish I must sound! I'm contradicting one of the world's foremost authorities on increasing your personal power, and becoming all you've ever wanted to be in life.

But he's still only PARTIALLY right.

It's not just your decisions. It's the actions you take based on those decisions that shape your “destiny".

You know, actions speak louder than words, right? And a picture is worth 1000 words, so if you visualize your destiny and then ACT on it, you'll be louder, bolder and more audacious than any 1000 word decision you'll ever make.

Yeah, I'm stretching a bit there, but you get the idea.

What decisions are you making? Are you trying to build your business? Create a happier home life? Pay down debt? Grow your down line? Is this your year to explode your organization, boost your sales or take top honors at your national convention? Maybe you'd like to lose 100 pounds or something entirely different?

All those decisions are well and good, and it's great you've made a decision. But what are you DOING to activate those decisions?

Just something to think about. Just don't take all day thinking about it, because there's a lot of action to take if you ever want to see those decisions come to fruition.

Oh, by the way, thinking IS an action. So is deciding, for that matter. But it's the physical actions that happen AFTER those actions that truly shape your life.

Here's a quick one-two punch for success:

Step 1: Make a decision

Step 2: Make a move - no matter how small - toward that decision's ultimate reality

It's not hard, but it takes effort. Just like leaping off that lily pad and swimming through the swamp takes time and energy, but do you think Spike's got the better view for all his efforts?

Now tell me again, which frog are you?

After nearly 10 years in Direct Sales, Lisa Young stopped listening to her up-line and started seeking professional sales and marketing wisdom from the far corners of big business. Today Lisa offers ready-to-use insights, tips and inspiration to others in the Home Party Plan community looking to run their business like a business and achieve success. Lisa's free monthly newsletter “PartyOn!" features articles from a business perspective designed to help MLM reps reach their booking, sales and recruiting goals. You can sign up for the newsletter at


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