Quick Start Challenge 2014 – Getting Uncomfortable

by Dale on April 21, 2014

Our assignment this week for the Quick Start Challenge 2014 from Dean Holland was to record a video. The video could be in any format. And then we have to embed that video into a blog post. So here is my blog post with the video that I recorded.

I am discussing our comfort zones and how the feeling of discomfort can cause us to procrastinate many of the challenges that we face. Sometimes even simple tasks we put off because we are mildly uncomfortable about that task.

So here is the video that I recorded where I talk about being uncomfortable.

You can click here to go directly to this video

Now regarding being uncomfortable facing various challenges in life, one of my favorite self improvement speakers, Brian Tracy has a book called Eat That Frog. And in this book he puts forth the idea of tackling our biggest task first thing each day.

Brian quotes Mark Twain who once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse things that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

So what frogs are in your life? What projects are you facing at home, at work, in business, in your marriage, with your children, and in all other areas of life? List them in the comments below…

To your whole success,

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1 Guy R Martin April 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Hi Dale,

You remind me of a time when I used to listen to Brian Tracy tapes along with other self-improvement gurus…but, thank God, I don't recall being asked to eat a frog.

It works for me to do the most unpleasant things firstly because it gets more difficult later on as I try to find other things to do instead.

Video was well done, Dale.



2 Dale April 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm


Great to connect with a fellow QSC student as well as a student of Brian Tracy.

Thanks for the kind words :)



P.S. I took a look at your blog and will be watching your video in a couple of minutes.


3 Bev April 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Hi Dale
How true it is – to improve in any area of life we do need to step out of our comfort zones and learn new skills. I have a copy of Brian Tracey's book “Eat That Frog” – really great book – written by a super guy.
You have a well established blog – how successful have you been in getting traffic to it since 2009?
All the best for the challenge outcome



4 Rich Emmett April 29, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hi Dale, Great video – I've too many “frogs” to list. I think that's good advice to start tackling them one at a time each morning though and I'm going to try and start doing that. I haven't read the Brian Tracey book yet – I'll be getting a copy though. Looking forward to reading the Google Hangouts guide that you're giving away on your list – that's something else I know very little about!


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