A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realization that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day. Written by Rob Hartill
On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. I repeat this phrase because do you ever feel there is a certain sameness to your life, your work; doing the same thing again, and again, and again?
Everybody made their resolutions, right?
And when you walked back into your office for the new year, I’ll bet it was just like you left it last year. At least somebody could have come in and moved things around so it would at least look different.
We are now halfway through the year and how many are blazing toward their 2012 goals, or back to doing the same ol’ thing? We all know the definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results…but that’s not us, right?
Routine is not necessarily bad because it provides certainty and ‘normalcy’ to your life, especially if you have a lot of drama going on for whatever reason. However, your routine can very well turn into a rut before you know it.
This excellent post asks the question whether you are just working in your business or truly working on your business. It touches on the trap of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. If that is working for you, then great, don’t mess with success, right? However, if you wonder why you are not achieving the results you expect then maybe it’s time to take a step back and evaluate your process.
What does it take to shake it up?
Losing your job, your spouse or your car will certainly do it; but most of those changes are not wanted.
Adversity though, is what it takes sometimes to force us out of our comfort zone. Some of the greatest successes have come after crushing defeats; the ultimate outcome is usually the way people perceived the setback and what they did about it afterwards.
My friend Adrienne Smith has been stepping out of her comfort zone lately and pushing the envelope, and if you ask her she will tell you it has been invigorating.
My other friend (yes, I have two) Riley Harrison talks about how he is adding variety and getting out of his rut to experience life more fully.
These aren’t the only ones I know ‘making it happen,’ but just examples of successes when you take the time and effort to try something different.
Yeah Dorman, you are certainly Mr Change
Hey, I have changed my theme 3 times since I started this blog. And just because it appears I am writing about the same ol’
crap content, it’s much deeper and richer now, right? Let’s not move too fast now, social doesn’t work that way….doh….
I would like to think my changes have been more subtle, but if nothing else, I do know how to adapt.
Jumping into social and the blog was certainly a change for me; but I have embraced it and glad I’m here.
In my day job, there have been quite a few changes internally since I started and it would have been very easy to resist. Even though some of these changes did get me out of my comfort zone, they were good for the health of the corporation and good for my professional growth.
And you know what; none of those changes killed me (I might have smelled like I was dead a few times, but it must have been someone else).
What is holding you back?
Change just for the sake of change, is not necessarily a good thing. However, if you can’t get your wagon wheels out of that deep rut, then why not?
Life is short, don’t be left with a bunch of ‘what ifs.’
Just remember, it is all up to you, nobody is going to make it happen for you. You can seek assistance along the way, but it will be you that has to make it happen.
Now get on it, the doctor has spoken! That.is.all.