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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Day after Day - Habits Create Your Life!

Do You Remember the movie “Groundhog Day”?

How many people are trapped in their everyday habits:
part numb,
part frightened,
part indifferent? 
To have a better life
we must keep choosing
 how we’re living.
- Albert Einstein

I think it was around 1993 or so. Bill Murray plays a weatherman who gets assigned to cover the story of Punxsutawaney Phil – the Ground Hog who forecasts whether there will be six more weeks of Winter or the arrival of Spring. Bill Murray’s character is also named Phil – he calls the Groundhog a “rat”.

Phil (Bill Murray – not the groundhog) finishes the story, but a big snow storm comes through and traps him there for the night. The next day Phil wakes up only to discover it’s Feb. 2nd all over again and he is reliving the same day over and over. If you haven’t seen the movie – rent it or watch it when it comes back on TV as a rerun again, and again, and again.

So now let me ask you a question. How much of your life is like Phil’s – the same thing over and over and over again. Oh yeah, I know there are differences in each day, but overall, I would guess on the average about 90% of each day is the same over and over.

Wait, what about weekends? Or days off from work? OK those days are probably 90% the same as your other weekends and days off.

Why are they the same? Because our lives are ruled by habits.

Where do habits live? In our SubConscious. Thankfully! Imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have habits, and we actually had to think about what we were doing all the time!

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