Life and Groundhog Day

Do you ever feel like you’re living the same bad day, over and over again? You’re not alone. Sometimes life can start to feel a bit like the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day. Every morning you rise, face the same people and inevitably, the same problems. But like Bill Murray’s character, you can turn things around and start fresh by focusing on the real source of your angst: yourself.

Here are a few tips for facing your shadow and embracing rebirth this Groundhog Day (February 2, 2008)!

Step outside the eye of your mind
You’ll never break the bad patterns in your life – and move on to happier, healthier days – if you don’t take the first step toward change. Groundhogs spend all winter underground lazing around in a warm, dark, cozy nest. So why do they crawl out from their comfortable homes to what could be a cold, gray day? They do it because sometimes, just sometimes, they discover a bright blue, sunshine filled sky.

Just like a groundhog, you’ll need to step outside of your comfort zone if you’re really ready to make a change. Reconsider what’s important in your life. Try something you’ve always wanted to try. Make a new friend. Push your limits. Instead of seeing each day as a repeat of the day before, imagine it as a new adventure waiting to unfold.

Face the shadow
You can blame your parents, your finances, or your boyfriend, but at the end of the day, your life is your own. Regardless of where you are now or how you got there, it’s important to take responsibility for your mistakes in the past – and find ways to avoid them in the future.

Like a groundhog facing his shadow, it’s time to take stock of your life. Pay attention to the patterns in your life – and the emotions that caused you to create the patterns. If you always tend to date the same kind of (wrong) man, ask yourself why. If you continually make the same mistakes at work, consider what’s motivating those missteps. If you’re not sure where to begin, consider talking with a trusted friend, a counselor or therapist.

Bust a move!
After you’ve confronted your shadow, it’s time to make a move. Depending on what you discover about yourself, you may be scared, confused and tempted to dig back into your hole (like a groundhog facing six more weeks of winter) and stay underground for a while. But now is not the time to hide!

Risk factor
If you can’t seem to break negative cycles in a relationship, consider taking a break. If you’re not moving forward professionally, start planning the move to your next position. Even though these risks are scary, taking them is the first step in beginning the rest of your life. Without risk, there is no promise of something better!

So, pop your head out of your hole, put your face to the sun and start a new day – today and every day after it!

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