In the hit comedic movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, Phil Conners, is caught up in a time warp, doomed to live the same day over and over until he gets it right. Hilarious as the ensuing mayhem may be on the big screen, it is a poignant and not too thinly veiled metaphor for how most of us live our own lives – mindlessly occupied with our own issues and concerns, stumbling through life (often over the toes of others) with little if any conscious direction or critical thought. In the end, we keep on running into the same scenarios and problems over and over – not because we’re caught in a time loop, but because we’re caught in a life-loop. We haven’t made the grade, so we can’t graduate beyond our current situation.
One of the solutions to this is to create what I call a “Groundhog Day” Proof Life. Think about it for a second. What if today (or any day lately) was the only day you got to live. Would that be okay with you, or would it be a wailing tragedy? There are 5 steps to creating a GD Proof Life, and I’ve outlined them below. Continue reading
President Jimmy Carter tells in his memoirs that a trip to Gettysburg and a discussion about Abraham Lincoln helped achieve a breakthrough in the Camp David negotiations.
The Israelis and the Egyptians had reached a deadlock. President Carter suggested that all the participants take a day off and visit Gettysburg, which was just a few miles from Camp David. The ground rules forbade that they discuss the peace talks.
Sadat, Begin, and Carter rode together with Carter sitting between the two heads of state. To Carter’s surprise, the military men on both sidesа knew a great deal about Gettysburg because they had studied the battles in their military schools. Begin was particularly moved to be able toа stand in the spot where Lincoln delivered his famous address, a speech that Begin considered “one of the best and simplest speeches everаmade.”
Barriers began to come down between the two sides, and the next day negotiations resumed that eventually led to the Camp David Accords. (Jimmy Carter, “Keeping Faith. Memoirs of a President,” 1982, pp. 370-372)
Gene Griessman has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world asking the question: “What makes people great?” Continue reading
[Abounding Abundant Ample Ways To Boost Your Growth!]
This may come as a surprise but there are reliable,
effective and powerful ways to improve your ability to learn
If you will allow me to use leadership skills training as
our example, you will see how poor learning forces us to
suffer through any one or more of the following problems:
– leadership training programs usually cost serious money –
in fact, some programs are outrageously expensive
– leadership training programs last for a very short time –
quite a few of them run for only one or two days
– many leadership training programs fail to give students
ways to confidently resolve problem situations or meet and
overcome their daily challenges
– less than 1% of all leadership training programs combine
coaching and mentoring follow-ups with classroom lessons
– most leadership training programs like to do ‘raw data
dumps’- the vast majority of them do NOT give you chances to
‘blend’ your learning experiences with supervised support or
Which one is a goal?
I will lose 15 pounds
I want to run a marathon
All of the above
None of the above
The correct answer is (5) – none of the above. The first three are wishes, not goals. However, you are not alone if you answered incorrectly because research has shown that less than 1% of the population actually understands how to effectively set a goal. This is why so many New Year’s resolutions get broken and why so many people try keep failing at the very same goal. The desire to better ourselves is genuine, but the process we go about while seeking this desire is faulty.
Here are five steps to follow when setting an effective goal: Continue reading