Rise and shine, campers!
That’s right, wood-chuck chuckers- it’s Groundhog Day… Wait, again?!
Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks!) where you feel stuck on a life-size hamster wheel- where one day flows into the next and nothing new or exciting is happening? Maybe you aren’t feeling engaged at work anymore… Maybe those New Year’s goals you set just haven’t been easy enough to get started on… Maybe, like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, you’ve lost track of time and found yourself going through the motions day-in and day-out.
Whatever the wheel you might find yourself stuck on, there’s a good chance that someone else has been there too. It’s a part of being human.
So what do we do about it?
Take a minute to bring to mind some of the things you value, whether that’s relationships, work, personal discovery, health, or whatever it is that makes you feel whole as a person. What is it that is most important to you in life? If you could wake up tomorrow and you could be exactly who or where you wanted to be in life, what would that look like?
Now, let’s take another minute to think about the way we approach our days- let’s say in the last few weeks. Do the things you decide to spend your time on line up with the things you just said you value in life? What are you doing each day to move closer to your values? Are there things that you do, say, or think that don’t really fit in to this picture?
If you’re like most of us, these questions remind us that a lot of what we say we want for ourselves just doesn’t match up with what we think about and act on everyday. We often forget to remember our values when we get stuck, when ideally, what we find important in our lives should be what sets the stage for the way we live out each day.
So let’s take a challenge together.
For the next week, let’s wake up and set an intention to be mindful of what we value. Pick one (only one!) value to be mindful of for the day, and create a tiny, easily attainable goal in the service of that value. Make sure it’s small and achievable, and directly related to how you answered the questions above.
At the end of the day, set a reminder to check in with yourself about what it took to achieve this tiny goal and think about how a way to work it into your life more often. Did you have to write a note? Did you have to stop thinking and just do it? How did it feel in that moment to take that one, tiny step toward change?
If you didn’t quite make it that day, think about what got in your way. Was it a thought or feeling that kept coming up? Was it a perception you had about what might or might not happen? Or did you just forget to remember? Think of a way to break down the goal a little bit more for the next day, and try again tomorrow.
We won’t always be mindful. It’s inevitable that we will forget to pay attention sometimes. But with patience and practice, we will become better at committing to this merger. With a mindful intention and one tiny goal a day, we can break the cycle.
So listen up campers: forget your booties! It's warm outside! No matter what Punxtwaney Phil’s verdict- we won’t wait another 6 weeks to change!
Your day is today!
Written by Kim Rinehart
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