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November 9, 2015 / glennlim thots

The Boiling Frog Syndrome!


Frogs have the remarkable power to Adjust and Adapt…

Put a frog in a pot of water and start heating the water. As the temperature of the water rises, the frog is able to adjust its body temperature accordingly to suit its environment. As time goes by, the frog keeps adjusting to the increase in temperature. Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog has also reached its limit to adjust its temperature anymore. At that point the frog decides to jump out, but is unable to do so because it has spent all its energy in adjusting with the rising water temperature. Very soon the frog dies inside the pot!

What killed the frog?…Was it the boiling water?

The real answer to what killed the frog is its inability to Decide when it had to jump out.

Yes, sometimes, we need to learn to adjust to our changing environment, people, and events.

But we also need to know when we need to confront issues and make tough decisions. The delay in making these choices will cost us our relationships, bad business deals, unhealthy habits etc, which will ultimately lead us to our death. If we allow ourselves to be further exploited mentally, emotionally or financially any longer, we will end up as another exotic chinese frog dish!


There are times when we need to decide to call it quits, bite the bullet, and leave the scene. And we have to decide when to jump while we still have the energy to!

Hope this blesses you this week!

Glenn Lim


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