An extract from the XTL Journals

Who remembers the movie, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and of course the legendary groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil?

Groundhog Phil is a groundhog, who according to tradition on the 2nd of February every year, comes out of his hole , and if he sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted winter will last 6 more weeks, if he doesn’t see his shadow and stays above ground, an early spring is due.

Bill Murray is a grumpy cynical man who dwells in negativity.

His job is to do a weather report on Phil, and somehow wakes up the next morning to a repeat of the day before. In the end, to get what he wants he has to live the same day over and over again, till he gets it right.

He has to become a better person.

Another example is the 2014 Tom Cruise movie, Edge of Tomorrow where he has to defeat aliens who want to take over the planet. Similar concept where he must become better in order to move on.

What’s this got to do with you?

Absolutely everything.

What would you do if you were stuck reliving the same day over and over and over again?

Don’t laugh, some people do this every day and don’t even know it. And what’s worse, some people do know it and don’t care.

Really think about this, what would you do?

Would you continue to repeat the same mistakes, or would you work on making your day and your life, better than the day previous?

Would you care about the influence and impression you are making on others, especially your kids? What message are you sending them? Do you not want to see them strive to be better and do you want to set a positive example that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, or are you too tired and have given up on life to care?

Yes, I know that’s blunt, but do you really want to end up a zombie wandering around with no real purpose and no real sense of anything apart from where is the next meal? No sense of self- betterment?

I know that’s not you or you wouldn’t be reading this. Reading this is a positive sign you do want to be better.

Even though we don’t get the chance to relive the same day, we do see similar situations over and over again.

Do we repeat our previous mistake, or do we work on fixing it the second, third and fourth time around? I know it has taken me quite a few times to get the message at times.

Sometimes though, people don’t see the connection and are doomed to relive it repeatedly.

How many times have you or a friend been in a bad relationship, only to move on and end up meeting the same person in a different body next time?

How many times have you had an argument about the same thing and not learnt your lesson.

Do you ever get the feeling of déjà vu, and wonder have I already lived through this before? Does it make you physically or mentally stop, think about it and possibly try a different approach to get a different result or are you happy to just repeat your mistake? 

We do get a chance to improve our mistakes every day, as every day is a new day and a new chance.

Next time you make a mistake, apologise if you need to, forgive yourself and vow you will work on being better next time.

Even though the examples above are only movies, the message behind them is extremely powerful and should be practiced by everyone. If you haven’t watched either movie, do yourself a favour and do so.

Everyone should strive on being better every day. That’s one of the reasons we exist in the first place.

To be better today than we were yesterday.

We were not designed to be mediocre, we were designed to grow and excel.

Yours in positive thoughts,


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