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"What Can You Learn From A Dead Frog?"

As the folklore goes, if you put a frog into a boiling pot of water, it jumps out.

If you put a frog into a lukewarm pot of water, and slowly increase the temperature, the frog will stay in the water until it boils to death.

To the relief of innocent frogs everywhere, I have never put this theory to the test.  I don't need to.  I see enough evidence of the "boiling frog" syndrome everyday in my work. It is present in the overworked executive, working 70 hour weeks and still feeling like they are falling behind.  It's evident in entrepreneurs struggling to launch a business, oblivious to the fact that their creativity and effectiveness have long passed the point of diminishing returns.  And there is a boiling frog to be found in anybody who has ever struggled to balance career, family and health.  It seems we all have a bit of a green amphibian in us, prone to serve ourselves up unconsciously.    

Being able to sacrifice for a greater good is a worthy thing. It can be the sign of great soul. Unfortunately many of us would not consciously, rationally, choose to sacrifice our health, precious time and attention to many of the things we do.  It seems we all have our own sacred set of boiling pots.

To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.

"O.K. I Am Getting Warm, What Can I Do About It?" 

From time to time it pays to look at your current situation and ask one question, " Is this what I want to do with my life?"  If the answer is yes, than you may simply need to rebalance your priorities. Sit yourself down and go through the big blocks of time you commit to each week, and make the adjustments necessary to better reflect your priorities.  (Hint - In coaching most people rate their family, friends and health as more important than extraordinary career success.  But if you look at where they spend their time each week, you would never know it. It seems the pressures of work have a uniquely successful way of hijacking our best laid plans.)

If the answer to the above question is no, and this is not what you want to do with your life, then you need to plan your own revolution. Small changes are not going to get you where you want to go.  Make the time and create the peace and quiet you need to re-connect to the vision you have for your life.  Re-connect to your passions, those things that make you come more alive. Look for a way to align your passions with your gifts so that you might benefit from leverage. Plan your move as best you can, but begin to move now. 

Remember it is all about progress, not perfection.

We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- Muriel Chen

Finally, in these trying and uncertain times, draw some comfort from the immortal words of the creator of Peanuts.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
      - Charles Schultz

Keep well,


Steve Mitten CPCC, MCC is a Master Certified Coach, who works one-on-one with individuals, entrepreneurs, business professionals, and new coaches who want to make dramatic progress in their careers, relationships, finances, time management, self-awareness, health and vitality, and professional development - so they can fully experience true success.  

As a coach Steve helps clients set goals that are truly important to them (and a great fit for their interests and talents) and achieve more, faster, than they could on their own.

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