I have had the movie Ground Hog Day on my mind. If you have not seen it, it’s about a guy named Phil Connors who wakes up and the day is the same as before. In the movie, he had 12,395 times, almost 34 years, to get the day right.
This movie is much like our own lives. We get up and repeat the same habits, for better or worse, and off we go moving through the day almost on autopilot. We have had the same behaviors for so long that we do not even have to think about them. It is just like walking the same path in a yard; walk it enough, and there is a visible path to follow.
When we follow the same path, we get the same results. If we want things to be different for ourselves, we have to do something different, and we do this by changing our behavior. Starting something new might feel awkward and clumsy, but over time you can learn to master it. When learning to drive a car, there are a host of mixed emotions like fear, anxiety, joy, excitement, and pride. The more you practice driving, the better you became, and those feelings subsided. Now when driving a car, you can perform multiple tasks all at once without even thinking twice about it because the behavior is ingrained in you.
You do not have to be like Phil Connors and wait for a new day to change. Every moment is an opportunity to create what you want. They are opportunities to reflect and decide who you want to be or what changes you want to create. And know that when you start changing your behavior, you are going to experience a mix of emotions like fear, anxiety, and excitement. Still, over time with practice, you can create new behaviors that will create the life you want, and those emotions will subside as you master the new behavior. The same is true in running an organization. If the behaviors are not serving the business well, it is time to reflect and create change.
Once you have decided to commit to creating change, be patient with yourself, and reward yourself for each time you practice it. The brain likes to feel good, and every time you reward yourself, the reward lets’ the brain know it’s doing something right; soon you will have a new path created. A reward can be something as simple as a mental note saying “good job.” For those of you who think you cannot change, consider all the changes you have already created in your life. Use those as your inspirations.
Do you want to be at the effect of your world, or do you want to affect your world? What new behavior do you want to create? When do you want to start? What new path do you want to create?
Stay curious and have a good week!