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Are you familiar with the movie “Groundhog Day”, starring Bill Murray?
This story is, quite surprisingly, more real than you would think!
According to recent behavioral science studies, it very well could be REAL!
This could occur as a scary concept…
…if properly understood it opens the door to the same kind of freedom that Bill Murray experienced when he finally woke up in a NEW DAY!
By the time you are 35 approximately 90% of your thinking is based on past events (here is a link for those interested in deeper studies underlying this topic: The Mechanics of Choice by Eric Wargo). Think about this statistic for a moment. This means that most of your choices are based on the decisions you made regarding circumstances that are in the past. In other words, your thought process and choices are based on things that are not relevant to the challenges and the context of today’s circumstances!
What’s more, this is the way you are making your decisions today! The choices are not only fixed, the same... repeated - they tend toward a survival thought process that is illogical because it is founded in past circumstances that are today, no longer relevant!
Therefore, your decisions, and the subsequent actions taken based on this outdated thinking, are naturally driving your life’s path BACK to past experiences. You can’t experience new things when you think, act, and feel based on what has already happened - you must be willing, able and committed to trying new things.
Is that hard? Not really, especially when you consider that new levels of vitality become a direct result of trying something new.
Remember how happy Bill was at the end of the movie! His life was revitalized, it was now fresh at the beginning of the day, and he knew then that he needed to be someone different to keep that momentum going.
The secret to trying something new is to align with something that comes from within…
Following the inspirations and values that are inherently a part of who YOU are.
These will guide you down a path of new choices that result in new experiences - experiences that are custom fit to your desires because your choices are now arising from your own inspirations and values.
There’s no quick cure here, remember Bill spent a lot of days reworking specific scenarios until he got each individual instance the way he wanted it. Good news is, it’s not really hard. It is a process that simply takes persistent action, targeting small gains day by day - and it must be driven by what inspires you most about Life (personally, in your relationships with others and your relationship to Life itself!).
What you will find when you take the time to review your day to day experiences (this is where journaling is a great tool!) is a lot of what you are experiencing is very redundant. If you examine your troubles, the things you talk about, your happiness and your sadness, you will find patterns that are repeating. This is not random repetition, it’s driven by your own choices based on your beliefs and the associated behaviors you develop through your choices.
I know that’s a mouthful, but a little journaling will make these things stand out almost instantly.
So jump into your own personal Groundhog Day, take some notes, figure out what you want to do with the recurring patterns. But more importantly, be inspired, try new things...
You will quickly move into a space where you quite natural begin to see things differently!
Try This On
Activities for engaging the ideas in this post!
As I mentioned before, journaling is powerful! It is a proven method that offers a wide range of benefits for different areas of your life. So if you take up journaling for any reason, it will likely provide you with benefits in other areas you weren’t even expecting.
For a simple overview on journaling, here is a great article from Psychology Today - 5 Journaling Exercises to Help You Heal, Grow, and Thrive
If you’re not ready to dip your toe into the journaling pond just yet, here is a quick way you can get some real results examining your life relative to the ideas put forth in this post.
The following are a list of writing prompts you can use at the end of each day, or first thing in the morning, to examine the nuances of your previous day. This simple writing technique has you taking a simple but introspective look at what thoughts, emotions, and behaviors were used by you during an average day.
So pick one of these each time you sit down to write and just see where things go as you work to answer the question. Remember, this isn’t about striking gold in one sitting. This is about consistently taking the time to write about your previous day until you begin to recognize some patterns in how your day unfolds - which will come quite naturally if you lean into this exercise.
So here we go:
What are some things that really worked for me during my day?
This can be what inspired you, or what you enjoyed, or something you achieved that you are happy with - anything that falls into the “good” column for your experience of the day.
What are some things that did not work for you during the day?
This can be anything from mild annoyance to something that was truly painful or uncomfortable for you.
If I had a do-over for this day, what would I do differently, and why?
If I had a magic wand and could change the day in any way I liked, what would I do differently?
List 3 to 5 things I am grateful for about the day?
List 1 to 3 areas where I could have gone out of my comfort zone?
You don’t have to write a book, even a short sentence will do if it is detailed enough, but ideally you will write at least two paragraphs. Give it whirl!
“Everyone dreams, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” (slightly modified for inclusivity)
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