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The Climbing Frogs – Free Energiser

Duration: 10 minutes

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This free energiser focuses on the power of positive thinking and that we should not listen to the negative comments of others as they can influence our ability to achieve our dreams.

The icebreaker is particularly useful in training sessions such as; Great Leadership Skills, Assertiveness Skills, Think Your Way to Success and Emotional Intelligence.

Training course contents:

A free set of instructions for the energiser, ‘The Climbing Frogs’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below.

Instructions – use this energiser either at the start of a training course or during a relevant break where it is important to emphasise the key point that we often give up due to the comments and input from others. It also works really well at the end of a training course as a last thought motivator.

The important thing to remember is that this energiser is motivational, so picking your moment to relay the story is really important.

Read the following story to the participants…

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing 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.

And the race began…..

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

Heard throughout the race were statements such as;

“Oh, way too difficult.”

“They will never make it to the top.”

“Not a chance they will succeed.”

“The tower is too high.”

“They will all fall down”

“It’s impossible!”

“Who do they think they are? You’ll never make it?”

and so on…

Sure enough, 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 ever make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.

Most believed that the crowd were probably right….

“It’s impossible!”

But ONE continued to climb higher and higher.

This one refused to give up!

The crowd continued to berate and jeer at him. But this frog just wouldn’t give up!

At the end of the race, all 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!

Thrilled, all of the other tiny frogs wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it. They asked him how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal.

What was different about this amazing little frog?…Well, it turned out that the winning frog was deaf!

The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic…

In review – you may run into many people who want to ruin your dreams and tell you that you can’t do something. Always focus on what you DO want and be sure to ignore the naysayers who want to shatter those dreams.


This energiser is useful for encouraging positive thinking and helping participants to deal with issues that confront them. It can also work as an excellent icebreaker for a training course on assertiveness or positive thinking.

The Climbing Frogs – Free Energiser


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