Brian Tracy: Take the Frog and Eat It!

Brian Tracy (1944) is a public speaker, coach, and writer on topics related to personal development. He has worked with more than a thousand companies from different economic sectors and he has carried out hundreds of seminars. He is the author of multiple books, like "Eat That Frog!", "Kiss That Frog!", "Psychology of Selling" and "No excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline".

Some of his most popular quotes, which we will proceed to analyze are the following:

Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker




1. If your children felt that they could reach a goal, you would have triumphed as a father, for having given them the best of the blessings.

There's a common trend in society to think that people who achieve these results, let's say "exceptional results", which a lot of people want to achieve, are "special" people gifted with inborn talents or those who nature has chosen to be successful people. Well, this is not true. Because of this, the first challenge for education should be stimulating people to believe in themselves; from there, every achievement is in everyone's reach. The best education is capable of transmitting the self-responsibility as the first requirement for success. Tracy explains: "Once you had accepted full responsibility for yourself, for your situation and for everything that happens to you, you can start dedicating your time to your work and other issues in your life in a more confident way. You become the owner of your fate and the captain of your soul".

2. Move away from your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are determined to feel uncomfortable when trying something new.

Most of the time, what you do not like to do and what you are afraid of doing, those are the opportunities which can help you to grow. Every time you are afraid of something, congratulate yourself because there you have an opportunity to grow and progress. If your life is too easy, probably you will be stuck; you live on a routine basis, you repeat automatized behaviors and, therefore you are not gaining experience, instead you are just wasting more years of your life, by doing the same thing over and over again.

3. Everyone does occasionally things that successful people do. However, successful people do these things every time.

Brilliance is no other thing than daily practice. Success is not about doing extraordinary things, but to do certain things repeatedly, over and over again without giving up. People want to be fit and to have a perfect body, but after a few days of doing the exercises their trainer has given to them, they start giving up. People want to learn English, but in the third week, they start missing classes. This happens with everything that requires some "sacrifice". Discipline is the most important factor for success; and discipline consists of doing what it has to be done, no matter if you like it or not, without any excuses. The difficult part is not the work, the difficult part is the work discipline.

4. Personal development is your trampoline towards personal excellence. Constant and permanent, it assures you there are no limits in what you can achieve.

In other words: what you become ends up getting reflected in what you gain. There's no more mystery. For that reason, you have to be a continuous student. The more you learn, the more security you will have in yourself and the more you will win. Personal development expands boundaries and opens opportunities so that preparation and opportunity meet each other.

5. No matter where you come from. The only thing that matters is where are you going to. If what you are doing is not helping you to reach your goals, then you are distancing from them.

No matter your past if you are committed to building your future. For this, the first thing is to decide which is your main purpose in life, and then to organize all the activities concerning it. The actions must be oriented to lead us to where we had decided previously we wanted to be. People who get results are people who, in the first place, know what they want and, in second place, focus all their energies on achieving it, without wasting any forces or energy. The clearer your goals are, the easier is to make decisions without allowing yourself to get defeated by your temptations. It is about saying "yes" to what makes you closer to your goals and saying "no" to what makes you further from them.

6. Nobody lives enough time to learn everything they need, starting from scratch. Because of this, to be successful, we should find people who had already paid the price of learning the things we need to learn to achieve our goals.

Being self-taught or going out on your own has some advantages, but the process of learning and achievement of results becomes too long. Lots of people have already faced the same contradictions and doubts and the same misfortunes and inconveniences you are facing now, and knowing it, can help you a lot in reaching your goals. Besides this, lots of them have expressed generosity in writing their thoughts so everyone can have access to them. Do not miss that knowledge and experience. Don't reinvent the wheel. Exploit everything at your reach. Some principles are repeated systematically, independently of the time-space coordinates. Success always leaves traces.

7. The ability to make decisions is a common characteristic of high-performing people. Almost every decision is better than making no decisions at all.

Because once you are in march, you add experiences, contacts, and knowledge that give you valuable information for achieving your objectives. Answers are only found in the action. Waiting for the perfect circumstances to come, means falling into the immobility. Moreover, the perfect moment to act will never come, so don't wait for it, take yourself the moment and make it perfect. If you have a passion for what you are doing and you start walking without seeing the road ahead, solutions will start appearing throughout the process.

8. Your most precious economic asset is your learning ability.

Tracy himself claimed in once occasion: "The starting point for your new life arrives when you realize that you can learn everything you need to reach the goals you have established. This means that there are no limits in what you can do, possess or be". And, more explicitly, he adds: "Actually, you could lose your car, your house, your bank account, and your furniture, leaving you with nothing except the clothes you wear, but, as far as your learning capacity stays intact, you could cross the street and start earning a living almost immediately". Never doubt if a goal is reachable or not. Only be concerned about acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to reach it.

9. The starting point in setting goals is to understand that you have a practically unlimited potential to be, possess or do whatever you really want in your life, as long as you want it enough and you are committed to making the necessary efforts to achieve them.

While setting your goals and objectives you only have to ask yourself: Am I determined to pay the costs? A lot of people say they want things that later their compromise and sacrifice show that they really didn't want them. If you really want to achieve something (this means feeling a burning desire for achieving it) and you are determined to pay the price you must pay (without any excuses), nothing and nobody can prevent you from achieving it. It's a question about rotating the combination dial of a safe until being able to open it. In this life, no one fails, but there are lots of people who abandon their projects.

10. Optimism is the most related virtue of success and happiness.

Positive things happen to optimistic people. Positive people trigger a series of events and energy feelings around them which end up converting into positive results. From the defeatism, the pessimism and the negativity is extremely difficult to build something great. The optimism triggers action; the pessimism triggers inactivity. Optimistic people like sitting on the driver's seat, to assume the responsibility of their life. Optimism is profitable, and its explanation is simple: the optimistic person is more perseverant, they try things several times, and that makes them reach higher goals. Moreover, optimistic people not only achieve better results overall, but they are happier. The optimism (and the pessimism) is an attitude to life and is very related to how we color our lives, either in grey hues or in more vivid hues. Optimistic people also have a better character, which drives them to have a richer social life; pessimistic people are more bittered and, therefore, they have fewer friends. With whom would you prefer to spend your time? With happy or sad people?

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