Excerpted from John Maxwell’s upcoming book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth –
When I was a kid, one of my father’s favorite riddles to us went like this: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?
The first time he asked me, I answered, “One.”
“No,” he responded, “Five. Why? Because there’s a difference between deciding and doing!”
That was a point that Dad often drove home with us. American politician Frank Clark said, “What great accomplishments we’d have in the world if everybody had done what they intended to do.”
Most people don’t act as quickly as they should on things. They find themselves subject to the Law of Diminishing Intent, which says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
The reality is that you will never get much done unless you go ahead and do it before you are ready.
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Comments on: "John Maxwell: “Five Frogs Are Sitting on a Log…”" (1)
The difference between deciding and doing – that is huge. Great post!