Here is an abbreviated version of an inspiring fable I read recently:
Two frogs fell into a bucket of milk and can't get back out because the sides of the bucket are too slippery, so they start to swim around to keep from drowning.
One frog says to the other “There's no use paddling any longer. We're just going to drown, so we might as well give up."
The other frog says “Hold on, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out." And they continued paddling for hours.
After a while, the first frog says "I can't go on any longer. There's no sense in doing it because we're going to drown anyway. What's the use?"
And so he stops paddling. He drowns in the milk. But the other frog kept on paddling.
Ten minutes later, the second frog felt something beneath his feet he could stand on. He had churned the milk into butter and he hopped out of the bucket.
If you are trying to make major lifestyle changes it can very easily feel like you are just “paddling around” forever with no hope in sight, because you’re not making the progress you were expecting.
Maybe at times, it even feels like you aren’t making any progress at all.
Getting your body and your mind to change takes time. The beginning is what takes the most time and effort, like trying to churn milk into butter.
But once you start to get a solid foundation, the rest of the results won’t feel like much more effort at all, because you see that better version of you is always within reach.
You might even feel like at times you have the first frog in your head, telling you to quit.
Let that frog drown already.