February 2, the annual celebration surrounding Punxsutawney Phil and his emergence from his home on Gobbler’s Knob to grace us with news of how many more weeks of winter there is to be. If Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, then the prediction is six more weeks of winter. If no shadow, then our favorite groundhog predicts an “early” spring.
Like clockwork we can expect this scene to play out every February 2nd. It’s a fun event and was even made into a major motion picture. By the way, this author declares it the best day of the year!
But….Groundhog Day can be a bad experience as well. It can allow us to fall into bad habits or ruts that are hard to get out of.
Have you ever gone to work and expressed that things never change?
Has the phase “what’s the definition of insanity” – “doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results” ever come into the conversation?
If you are going over the same topics, issues, tasks, conversations and not seeing a difference or progress…you are stuck in Groundhog Day.
The good news is that once identified, you can change.
Be diligent about making a plan each day and sticking to that plan no matter what. Stay focused and don’t let the “little things” get in the way of your progress. Much like making a New Year’s Resolution, the first step is to write it down to make it official. Same goes for your daily plan, write it down!
Put due dates on tasks, assign them to people and follow up until completed. Over time you will have less and less conversations revolving around the same tasks that aren’t getting done and more conversations about all the positive actions that are taking place.
Happy Groundhog Day!