Groundhog Day

Have you ever seen the movie “Ground Hog Day” with Bill Murray? Most of you have, but in case you haven’t it is about a guy who repeats the same day over and over again until he gets it right with the universe.

What a terrifying thought. Could you imagine getting up every single day and doing the exact same routine day in and day out? If you are like most of the world, not only can you imagine, you are actually living Ground Hog Day!

What happened to all your dreams and goals as a child? I will tell you. Life happened. You grew up, got married, got a mortgage, and settled in for the 40 year groundhog scenario hoping to make it to retirement in Daytona beach or some such place and live out rest of your time living your life. So it takes 40 years before you can live your life?

I get it. We all have responsibilities to our love ones, our workplaces and our friends. But what about being responsible to yourself?

Charles Duhigg wrote  ” The Power of Habit” where he explains that we humans are programmed to form habits and our bodies actually reject the idea of breaking them.

Have you ever felt nervous walking up to a stranger in a bar and talking to them? The feeling you get, that nervousness, pit of the stomach feel, the doubt is the same thing that holds you back from breaking habits.

Breaking the Groundhog cycle is hard work. It is gut wrenching. I challenge you today to end the cycle one step at a time. I challenge you to do three things.

  1. Learn a two words every day and incorporate them into your vocabulary.
  2. Read a book! Turn off the tube and read something that inspires you to be great.
  3. Meet a new person and befriend them this month.

These may sound easy. Piece of cake right. If you do these three simple things over the next 30 days you will recognize significant changes. The average american has a spoken vocabulary of 5000 words. Adding two words per day will increase your vocabulary nearly 15% in a year! It has been said that people judge your intelligence by the words you use.

Reading a book is a pet peeve of mine. I like a good TV show, or blog post as the next guy, but opening yourself up to a book and learning, absorbing, experiencing the message of the author is the single most life changing thing you can do.  Honestly I never read a book I wasn’t required to read  until I was 22. It is hard for me to admit that. I was easily bored, distracted, or just couldn’t be bothered. Then sitting in a tent in the Middle East with nothing else to do, I opened my first book to read for pleasure. ‘The Stand” by Steven King. That was one long book, but in the current circumstances that I was in, I had the time. This time reading set me on an adventure I have gladly been on for the last 25 years.

I am not asking you to just run out of the gate and read a 2000 page book this month. Just commit to 15 minutes a day to start. I personally like to get up a few minutes early and read. No noise and no distraction. You will be glad you did this. I guarantee it.

The most difficult and most rewarding of these challenges is for you to meet a new person this month and befriend them. I am not talking about sending a Facebook invitation, or Instagram. I am talking meet a stranger and have a conversation. This one act, may change your life forever.

Today is Groundhog Day. Don’t repeat it.


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