Lessons from a Frog on the Dangers of Getting Too Comfortable

I love curling up with a warm, soft blanket and reading a book or watching a movie. I’m comfortable there.

I also get really comfortable when I get good at something, and when other people are happy with my work. Or, when things are going pretty well overall. Sometimes I get so comfortable that I overlook the discomfort.

The discomfort of …

  • small compromises
  • uncertainty
  • complacency
  • excuses
  • fear

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a very short story that always encourages me to get uncomfortable. I thought it was a familiar story, but it was new to her, so I thought maybe you haven’t heard it either. It’s made such a difference to me that I thought I’d share it here.

The story goes that if you throw a frog into boiling water, he’ll jump right out. But, if you put a frog into cool or even lukewarm water and slowly turn the water up to a boil, the frog will stay in the water until he dies.

I don’t recommend actually testing this theory because it’s not nice to hurt frogs, and because the story really has nothing to do with frogs. Instead it has everything to do with life, and love, and happiness. We each have our own story about sitting in lukewarm water in work, relationships, health and other areas of life.

If you can relate to this story and you didn’t notice how hot the water was getting until now, it’s time for change even though it might be uncomfortable. It’s time for you to be happy.

It’s time to leap.


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