Groundhog Day - Are You Stuck in a Time Warp?


02nd February is National Groundhog Day.

Depending on your age, some of you will remember the 80’s film with Bill Murray when he gets stuck in the time warp, however 'Groundhog Day' actually derives from a Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (rodent not dog) emerges from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, the spring season will arrive early.

So essentially, we are relying on a rodent to determine how long we have to wait for spring!

I’m not sure a rodent, a shadow, and the arrival of Spring is a good topic of conversation for a blog so I am going to focus on the film!

It is so easy for time to go past and for us not realise how long a negative situation has become the status quo.

Sometimes a small case of sticking your head in the sand is easier to deal with in comparison to the alternative of making the changes that we need to make.


We go into survival mode, getting through each day, day after day, after day.


The comfort zone is familiar, it is not necessarily comfortable.


It may feel that staying where we are is more comfortable, however, we risk that we will begin to resent staying where we are and feel stuck and frustrated with the situation that we are in.

Last year I blogged about the change curve and how easy it can be to get stuck in the curve. When we understand what we want to our future to look like and we have that compelling reason to make a change then we can start to transition from where we are, to where we want to be.


Change does not need to be hard, or something to fear and hold back from. Change can be exciting and challenging and rewarding.


Many of you will have made decisions to make changes this year. The new year is a great opportunity to do that. We are now a month in so that’s four weeks and 31 days of the small changes towards the goal.

How are you progressing?

If you travel in the same direction at the same speed as you have done for the last month will you be on track, or off course?

If the answer is 'off course' then now is an ideal time to correct it.

Time to wake up from your Groundhog day and time to take action.

  • Set your goal

  • Break it down into tasks

  • Work on it a little every day

  • Be consistent.

Not written your goals down? Order your PDF or book onto the workshops here

Want to find out more of how to do this - Check out the blog 'How to Eat the Elephant'


If you are struggling to achieve what you want on your own, then why not book in a clarity call with me to discuss how Phoenix Coaching can help you.


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First published Feb 2018

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