I was experiencing my own version of “Groundhog Day.”
Have you seen that movie?
If you haven’t, here’s a quick summary: Bill Murray plays a weatherman who relives the same day, over and over, until he re-examines his life and starts making better choices. It’s a funny movie, and worth checking out as a Groundhog Day activity.
But more importantly, it offers great perspective on the importance of our personal priorities, and how those priorities influence our lives and success.
As I entered the new year, I saw many of the same things on my priority list as I had from previous years. I kept carrying them over each year, and each year they fell by the wayside. I was starting to feel stuck in an endless loop – just like the movie!
So, this year I decided to regroup, reevaluate, and restart.
I took the first step on January 1, when I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish this year, both personally and professionally. The more I explored, the clearer it became that in order to achieve my goals, I had to make one important choice first.
Yikes. That felt pretty selfish! How could I effectively serve others – which is my passion and joy – if I’m my own top priority? Turns out that taking care of yourself first helps you focus and accomplish so much more! After all, the airlines say to “put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.”
I decided it was time to make a conscious effort to choose, and choose wisely. A friend suggested this theme, and I absolutely loved it. Why? Because I realized that my ability to change my life largely came down to my own choices, and that I always had the ability to make a new or different choice. Even when a decision is outside of my influence or control, I still have a choice in how I respond. That’s incredibly empowering!
So how am I doing?
On a personal level, I now choose wisely as soon as I wake up in the morning. Before I’m distracted by anything else, I take care of myself, first, so I can perform my best. For 25 out of 31 days in January, I did just that. And I can feel and see the difference in my results.
Professionally, I chose to invest in my practice so I can reach and help more people. I revamped my website, expanded my services, and began sharing my learnings in various publications so that others can benefit. (I’d love your feedback so I can know if I’m on the right track!)
Best of all, I no longer feel stuck in the same loop, and I feel a renewed sense of purpose. I want everyone to experience this, so watch this space as I continue to share what I learn, and explore new ways to help others make choices that align with their priorities.
Now it’s your turn!
Are you making different choices this year? What was the smartest choice you made in January and why? Share in the comments below and I’ll personally cheer you on! #choosewisely
P.S. What should I name my groundhog?