“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same?” – Bill Murray (Groundhog Day)
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Each week we discuss ONE IDEA that will help you live a better life.
This week’s topic is GROUNDHOG DAY.
And how we can turn a crisis into an OPPORTUNITY.
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The Vibe: Groundhog Day
What day is it?
This week I had to ask.
It was Saturday.
Week #3 in progress.
These are surreal times.
Seth Godin wrote, “In the course of just a few weeks the life of every single person on Earth has changed.”
Some of our jobs are on the line.
All of us are trying to figure this thing out as we go.
It’s like we’re all Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day.
Have you seen the movie?
Bill Murray plays Phil Connors.
Phil is a weatherman.
He wakes up on Groundhog Day in Punxsutwaney, PA.
Phil has just three problems.
He hates Punxsutwaney.
He hates groundhogs.
And no matter what he does, he can’t make it out of February 3rd.
Every time Phil wakes up, the same day keeps repeating itself.
There are some lessons we can learn from Bill Murray as we go through our own version of GROUNDHOG DAY over the coming weeks.
After realizing he was repeating the same day over and over, Bill Murray’s character started to adapt.
He decided to use the CRISIS he was in to his advantage.
There was a girl he wanted to impress.
There was a piano he wanted to play.
There was that annoying insurance guy that needed to be punched.
Phil decided to stop fighting the fact that he was stuck in GROUNDHOG DAY.
He started FOCUSING on what he could control.
He learned 17th century French poetry to impress the girl.
He taught himself how to be an ice sculpter.
He even tried to teach the groundhog to drive.
Great success on the first two ideas.
Not so much on the third.
Never Waste a Crisis
Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Hidden in between all of our conference calls, home schooling sessions, and hand washing we have an opportunity.
This CRISIS gives us the chance to hit the RESET BUTTON.
It gives us the time and space to figure out what’s really important to us.
Author Mark Manson wrote, “… if you’ve ever wished you had time or opportunity to pursue some endeavor—a better body, start yoga, declutter your home, learn another language – this is the time to do it.”
The Chinese symbol for CRISIS is the same symbol used for OPPORTUNITY.
We have an OPPORTUNITY.
We can emerge from this CRISIS as better versions of ourselves.
The fact that we are stuck at home is out of our control.
That’s 100% on us.
The writer Haruki Muarakami wrote, “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”
Our job is to make sure the version of us that walks out of this mess is better than the one that entered.
Maybe it’s keeping that family dinner going.
Maybe it’s time to get serious about our health.
Maybe it’s a chance to get rid of that HABIT that no longer serves us.
A crisis can be an amazing teacher.
We just have to be open to the lesson.