How GroundHog Day could change your Life for the Better

Ever feel like you were stuck in a rut?

In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray), wakes up to the same day over and over and over… forcing him to relive February 2nd (actual Groundhog Day).

Phil was your typical arrogant, self-centered, egotistical weatherman, that didn’t care about anyone but himself.

Movie lesson…

When we put the needs of others above our own selfish desires, we’ll find Happiness.

Ever wake up to (what feels like) the same day over and over and over… like you’re going nowhere? It’s likely you are stuck… in the rut of life. Know anyone like that, stuck in their own rut, repeating life’s lessons?


Definition of ‘Being in a RUT’

A habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.


Groundhog Day Mental Loops are created by:

1. Listening to Toxic Co-workers complain

Nothing worse than showing up to work happy, ready to do your job, when you get stopped in your tracks by the Angry person. This Toxic Employee loves to cause commotion around the water cooler, and will bring problems to anyone else who will listen. They are often known as the workplace bully. Read more on Toxic Co-workers


2. Making bad choices

Some of your choices are easy, others can be hard. Some choices could determine your personal safety, or the safety of others. Other choices you make can determine a positive impact on your career, or career-ending. Read more on bad choices


3. Vital Signs and Emotional Intelligence – (blaming others)

If your job is keeping you up at night, makes you feel irritated, or causes you to have severe health issues, any one of your vital signs could and probably will spike. That’s the bodies alarm, warning us that we need to change something… Read more on Vital Signs


4. ‘I am Fine’ – PTSD & Cumulative Career Trauma

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’m not okay” or “I am not as fine as I tell people,” or “This job is killing me” then you might be reaching the tipping point of Cumulative Career Trauma. Read more on PTSD


Wake up everyday believing something good will happen.


Wake up, Look around you!

If you are sleep walking thru life, you could miss critical components of your job, or miss when your partner goes in Block-out. You may even have to step-in, tap-out, take-over for them, to stop them from making a serious mistake. Wake up, pay attention, because there may come a time when you need to step in as you have a  Duty to Intervene when necessary.

You may become so overwhelmed in this rut, spiraling downward, resulting in harm to yourself, or make a career-ending move. If you feel like you are trapped in a rut and you can’t escape, then this may be a critical sign to seek assistance as you may be experiencing Critical Cumulative Trauma.


Look forward, Move forward

  1. Stop looking back and move forward – How to create forward momentum

Example if you didn’t get a promotion, get over it….find a new goal – stop complaining to others

  1. New Day Thought Process – Learn how Bear Bryant did it

Move forward with positive new thoughts, and stop beating yourself up for the past

  1. Recognizing that you have Positive Choices – You have choices

Stop and take a breath (2-7 seconds) Realize what is the best direction or choice for YOU)

  1. Understanding YOU have VALUE – 4 Steps to making CHANGE

Awareness is step one for making change. Once you are aware of what you need to change you are well on your way.


Watch Class Video – Release the Negative and Move Forward

“I’ve been teaching the Negative Release to athletes for years…
Officer Bird of Austin ISD PD takes it to a whole new level!”

RITE Academy Stats

  1. Trained over 950 agencies in the implementation of a Professional Workplace Culture Program
  2. Created 936 RITE train-the-trainers
  3. Provided over 550,000 RITE Training Tools for employees to work on their emotions.
  4. Provided over 80+ newsletters nationwide for agencies to give to their employees.
  5. Helped agencies reduce their use-of-force incidents by 65%
  6. Educated local governments, state and federal representative on public safety reform

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At RITE Academy, we have been able to provide over 950 agencies (fire, police, ems, 911 operators and corrections), EI Tools and Exercises that help each person personally control their emotions. It’s a huge Ah-ha when you finally ‘wake up’ and realize that you may be holding yourself back.

With every class, the LADDER, Stop-Light, and NEW DAY Tools and Banners are included in the training, and left behind for the agency to use. RITE is not a one and done class!

RITE Training helps ALL public service agencies improve communication, avoid the Block-out Syndrome, to De-escalate situations, build Career resiliency, Leadership skills, and Departmental recruiting.  Contact us about RITE TRAINING at your agency.