Starting Tomorrow

Those words might precede words like, “…garbage pick up will be __________” or “… all winter coats will be ____% off”. But sadly, you hear “starting tomorrow” more often in terms of lifestyle changes. I am going to quit smoking tomorrow, I am going to quit drinking tomorrow, I am going to go on a diet tomorrow or I am going to start working out tomorrow.

For many people that means that they will never change and they are stuck in today all over again every day. Much like Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in the movie Ground Hog Day. The mistakes that we make today, like Phil Connors forecasting a blizzard wrong, come back to haunt us. Whereas he was forced to go back to his hated weather assignment in Punxsutawney, PA covering the real Ground Hog Day celebration again, you may be faced with a life threatening, life shortening or life limiting lifestyle choice that instead of waiting until tomorrow, you could start changing today.

Phil Connors realizes his situation and uses it as an opportunity to live life recklessly, knowing that he will wake up the next day at 6:00 am to the sound of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on his clock radio. Phil knows what he got away with and was given a second chance (and third and forth, etc.) but to the inhabitants of Punxsutawney, it is February 2nd and the meteorologist Phil Connors will be covering that day’s celebration.

We don’t live life like a movie and most of us don’t get second chances (let alone third or forth) and our choices and failures today will follow us into tomorrow and the next day and the next.

Do you need to make a change in your life today that will have life changing benefits? If so, don’t wait until tomorrow, because you may end up trapped in your own Ground Hog Day, living life recklessly and not making the changes that you need to make. Start eating healthy today. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Start exercising today. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

Phil Connors realized his arrogance and began to examine his life and his priorities. You are not trapped in time, but rather trapped in your inability to make changes. Examine your life and your priorities and start making changes today.

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