By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin
It happened over months so I
didn't notice it. I'm talking about the slowness of my computer. In the
mornings, it took forever to get on a website and other functions. My computer
was acting like a frog in a kettle. Let me explain. Many years ago, I
interviewed George Barna about his book, The Frog in the
Kettle (which has a subtitle with the year 2000 so you know it
is dated). George told the story in his book. If you put a frog in water, the
frog will not notice if you raise the temperature of the water. Eventually the
frog will die because he is unaware of the rising temperature of his
I was having a “frog in a
kettle”-like experience with my computer. Without being aware of it, the
computer was getting slower. Finally last weekend, the slowness built to a
crisis. My Google Chrome browser crashed. I could not get on a single new
website. Thankfully I had a version of Internet Explorer on my computer and it
allowed me to get online.
Several years ago I began to use
the Geek Squad. In fact, every year I pay them an annual fee.
They are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week. I called their toll-free
number then followed the instructions to reach them online. I explained my tech
problem and the technician remotely took over my computer. He analysized my
problem, cleaned up my computer and reinstalled Google Chrome. The process took
several hours but everything was working when he finished. Also I knew the Geek
Squad would probably need to reboot my browser. Before I reached out to them, I
made sure I saved open files on my computer so no matter what someone else did,
I would not lose any information in this process.
The surprising result is my
computer came back to life. The slowness disappeared and everything is workng
faster and better.
Be aware of these types of issues
for your own computer. I'm going to make a note in my reminders to contact the
Geek Squad for a general maintenance at least every quarter. I'm paying
annually for their expertise but I need to proactively ask for their help. Take
a few minutes to think about your own writing life. What frog in the kettle
experience are you having? Maybe your writing is getting harder to do each day.
Maybe you are struggling to sell your book and need to change something in this
area. There are several keys in this process:
Without awareness, you will continue on the same path.
2. Asking for
help. Many situations we can't handle on our own and need to ask others
3. Taking action to make
a change. You need to take action to change your
maintenance. Take preventive steps so this situation does not happen in
No one wants to be a frog in a
kettle but it happens. Have you ever had this situation happen to you? Let me
know in the comments below.
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