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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

93. Always Be a Deaf Frog

Once upon a time there was a race of frogs. The goal was to reach the top of a high tower. Many people gathered to see and support them. The race began.
In reality, the people didn’t believe that it was possible that the frogs would reach the top of the tower, and all the phrases that one could hear were of this kind:
“What pain!!!. They’ll never make it!”
The frogs began to doubt themselves. The people continued:
“What pain!!!. They’ll never make it!”
And the frogs, one by one, admitted defeat, except for one frog that continued to climb. At the end he, alone, and with an enormous effort, reached the top of the tower.
One of the quitters approached him to ask him how he had done it, to actually finish the race. And he discovered that the frog was deaf!
Never listen to people who have the bad habit of being negative…because they steal the best aspirations of your heart. Always remind yourself of the power of the words that we hear or read – THINK POSITIVE!
Conclusion: Always be deaf to someone who tells you that you can’t and won’t achieve your goals or make your dreams come true.
Main Uses: : setting goals, focus, belief systems, intention, states, strategies, thinking styles
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Submitted By: Goreti Lima
Source: From Suzy Smith’s ""Red file""

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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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