Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Frog Story

Someone gave me this story a few years ago, and as I was thinking about my goals today, I remembered it and want to share it with you.

A Frog Story

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition.

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants ...

The race began ...

Honestly, no one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

You heard statements such as:

"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"

"They will NEVER make it to the top."


"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one ...

Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher ...

The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up ...

But ONE continued higher and higher and higher ...

This one wouldn't give up!

At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out ...

That the winner was DEAF!

The wisdom of this story is:

Never listen to other people's (or your own!) tendencies to be negative or pessimistic because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart!

Always think of the power words have.

Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!


I challenge you to remember this story when you find yourself listening to negative comments and doubting yourself. Remember your goals, repeat positive affirmations to yourself, and surround yourself with those who support you and believe in you.

This year, I'm going to be the deaf frog, and will continue taking the steps to reach my goal. When I encounter negativity from others or from myself (I'm still working on the positive self-talk thing), I'll think about the deaf frog, and repeat positive affirmations to myself.

How many of you hear negativity when you share your goals? More importantly, how many of you talk negatively to yourself? (Like I said, I'm guilty of this and am working on it - it's not easy!)

How many of you are going to be deaf frogs with me this year?


  1. Love this and i too am guilty of the self doubt, and negative talking to and about myself. One of my biggest downfalls. Like you said its not easy but Im working on it.
    thank you for sharing this!! Here's to deaf frogs!

  2. thanks Kari for the motivation! Like they say Rome was not built in a day...

  3. i am too guilty of allowing fear and self doubt to keep me from my goals and dreams. i decided this year i would leave that behind. thanks for this blog post!

  4. Oh I love this... what an amazing uplifting story! I want to thrive on positivity, and love this year! I am so ready to stop beating myself up and just enjoy life! Your amazing!!!

  5. I have never heard that, that is awesome!! I love it! It's SO true too, thanks for sharing.

  6. I think we're all guilty of some negative self talk. I'm kind to everyone else, but I've been working on being kind to myself. Being a perfectionist, it's hard not to be mad when you don't look EXACTLY how you want, or you're not as lean as you'd like.

    But I'm totally IN! Let's keep eachother accountable ... let's treat ourselves nicer than we have before. Hard is ok, but not negative. Positivity here we come!

    Thanks for the great posts girl!

  7. I LOVE this! I'm a little late posting. Such a great message! Thanks Kari! You write such great posts and you write so well!

  8. What a great story. Like Electra said, we're all guilty of negative self talk. I will have to remind myself of this story too, I will be the deaf frog right next to ya climbing our way up!

  9. I'm training for my first classic which is 14 weeks out and received my first comments from nay-say'ers this weekend. So, thank you so much for this, it could not have been more timely.