Boiling frogs

Most people are aware of the ‘boiling frog’ phenomenon.

The idea is that if you throw a frog into boiling water it will immediately jump out to save itself. However, if you put a frog in lukewarm water and then very slowly increase the temperature it won’t notice and will eventually be boiled alive.

Here’s the thing though, it’s been proven false.

If a frog was thrown into boiling water it would most certainly be burned badly, and even though it might survive, it would be hurt terribly.

And if a frog is placed in lukewarm water which is slowly being heated. It will jump out as soon as it isn’t comfortable with the temperature (assuming it has the ability to do so).

The analogy is often compared to human behaviour. But we aren’t frogs. We are humans.

Most of the issues that we face are less about the boiling frog phenomenon and more about procrastination and resistance to change.

It’s like we enjoy sitting in an overly heated hot tub. We feel that the temperature is too hot, we know it is hurting us. Yet we are too lazy to get out and change it. And the worst thing that can happen to us if someone comes by and politely suggests that we get out! For then surely we will stay in.