I am sure many of your businesses must feel like Groundhog Day, the same problems and meetings over and over. Or maybe you worry that your current IT consulting group will act like Punxsutawney Phil and tell you that there are 6 more weeks of delays before Go-Live.
When the days start to blend together in a mélange of meetings and traffic, I am reminded of the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, a personal favorite of mine. A modern-day allegory of a man learning what it is to truly live each day, the movie reinforces in me the belief that it is how we view the day that changes it. To me this story is all about change. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can change our feelings toward them. At times it feels like Murray’s character has superhuman powers, because he knows what the day will bring, but in the end he realizes that real power comes from seizing the opportunity to embrace a changed perspective. People are cursed to have the same days over and over again (very Freudian), as it takes a shift in mindset to change.
For example, a meeting, a plane trip, or a change order might appear to be the same as the one before it, but if I approach it as an opportunity to deepen a relationship or learn something, then each experience is new. I will have not have changed the procedure of the day, but the way I have approached it.
Watch the movie again on this Groundhog Day and see how by changing his mind about how to view his day, Murray’s character, his relationship to people and his own personal growth make the exact same day go from boring, mundane and miserable to joyful, exciting and exuberant. I challenge you to go to your board meeting, project meeting or dinner table, with an entirely different perspective. You have the power to change how you experience your day – the power of Groundhog Day. Why not make each day great?
If there is anything I can do to help you on your Groundhog Day journey, let me know. I am here to help, free of charge.
BE THE GROUNDHOG!
Side note: For those of you traveling, it is available in the Netflix Instant Queue, which is how I watched it last night. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/