Have you ever seen your friends repeat the same mistake over and over again? They continue to do the same, wrong thing over and over. It’s like that movie Groundhog Day—an endless loop of the same day in and day out—pure torturto some.
Groundhog Day is an iconic movie because it teaches us to learn from our mistakes (or we could be stuck in one endless loop repeating each day over and over gain). Sound like one day last week? Sounds familiar to me too.
You might be in your own version of Groundhog Day you just don’t know it, yet. Even though some of our friends may be stuck in a repetitive pattern of bad choices, that doesn’t mean we need to be.
Here’s how you know if you’re torturing yourself needlessly, day in and day out. If you are able to identify with any of the “Have you ever…” questions below, you’re stuck.
Have you ever. . .
- Tried something new, but dropped it one day later because it didn’t work the first time?
- Stayed late at work to try to figure out how to do something?
- Not taken the advice of a mentor even though you knew it was the right advice?
- Stayed up too late and regretted it the next morning—but continued to do it anyway?
- [Fill in the blank for something you absolutely know is a mistake but don’t know what else to do]?
I get it! We all make mistakes—I do all the time. There’s hope—in the Groundhog Day Strategy. What sets us apart is learning from our mistakes, continually reflecting on what works and what doesn’t.
To avoid reliving the same year and the same mistakes again and again, adopt this Groundhog Day Strategy:
Step 1. Take the time to IDENTIFY your mistakes. Ask yourself, “what’s not working for me?” Commit to stop doing them. If it’s not working, create a stop doing list.
Step 2. Create a “stop doing” list. You can have any item on your stop doing list. For example, if staying late to try to figure something out or spend way too much time on social media, put it on your stop doing list. Instead, write down what you need to learn or what you want instead.
Step 3. Decide what DOES work. Ask yourself, “What do I use now that works?” Write those down.
I created this simple guide for you to get you started using the Groundhog Day Strategy. Writing has power. It will enable you to quickly identify those mistakes that are holding you back.
Or you can choose to be caught in the endless time loop. Nah, that’s not you. I know what you’ll choose—exactly what’s right for you, right now.