Photo of a woman leaping from a rock
It’s not enough simply to decide to jump; you’ve actually got to do it ‘

Change your life: The three frogs

21 April, 2014

Here’s a question: Three frogs are sitting on a water-lily leaf. Two decide to jump. How many are left?

The answer is: Three. It’s not enough simply to decide to jump; you’ve actually got to do it!

This may be an old riddle, but it’s a good reminder that think­ing or dreaming about doing something isn’t enough – you’ve got to get into action as well.

After what has seemed like a very long winter, the days are at last becoming longer and a little warmer, the natural world is getting on with its cycle of growth and activity, and this tip is all about shaking off the heavy mantle of winter and starting to grow.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility” — Dietrich Bonhoffer

Is there anything that you’ve been thinking about doing – or a dream or goal that may have lain dormant over winter? Do you now feel ready to jump off the lily pad and into the pond? Are you ready to make a big splash? If so, ask yourself, what’s the first step I need to take? Once you’re clear on that – just do it.

If you’re not ready to start moving towards a major goal or dream, here’s a nice, gentle way to get into action. It’s one of my favourite exercises for those moments when you’re feeling a bit lethargic, stuck, or unproductive:

Ten Tiny Changes: List ten changes you’d like to make for yourself. Write a list with each item starting

 “I would like to…”

Think of all the things that have lain dormant over the winter months – things that you’ve been putting off until you had more energy – things that will really make a difference and make you feel good. Aim to cross at least one of those things off your list this week.


  • Annabel Sutton is a Professional Certified Coach and Author.  She has lived in Los Angeles and Indonesia; survived earthquakes and riots, lived with head-hunters and enjoyed a portfolio career.  She now enjoys a somewhat quieter life in Somerset!  Her latest book, 52 Ways to Transform Your Life (Weekly Wisdom for Busy People), contains 52 inspiring, quick-to-read life tips and is available from . Find more information at