Changing any of our current habits is a daring attempt which is prone to failure, due to the hidden blocks. If we don’t have appropriate strategies to deal with these blocks, our attempts will fail in the short term or long term. The frog story brings out this concept.
A person wanted to cook a frog for a meal. He dropped it into a pot of boiling water. The frog felt the sudden shock of heat, panicked and jumped out of sight before he could do anything. He thought for a while and got a brilliant idea. He put the second frog in a pot of normal tap water. It was swimming happily. He then placed the pan over the stove and turned on the lowest flame. The water was getting warm very slowly. The frog did not feel any threat, just a pleasant warmth. Its metabolism was adjusting to the warmth. The temperature continued increasing very slowly. The frog did not panic. After a long time, the temperature crossed the upper limit for the metabolism of the frog to function. Its heart stopped functioning. It died without realizing what was going on. The person enjoyed the meal with the nicely cooked frog. A story of course.
Our current habit is like that frog. Our attempts to change it is like cooking the frog. If our habit senses our attempt to change it, it will escape the change, by creating some excuses against the change. Our strategy should be like the clever person in the story above.
We need to make the slightest change some times, instead of a major change every day. Repeating this slight change over many days makes this slightly changed habit our normal habit. Then change it a little more and repeat the pattern till the habit is changed to the desired degree or totally changed.