This Monday is “Leap Day.”
Every four years we get an extra day added to the calendar in February giving us 29 days instead of the usual 28.
Did you know that in old Irish legend, on Leap Day a woman could purpose to a man instead of the customary reverse.
Also, according to Scottish legend it was said to be unlucky to be born on February 29th.
Rare anomalies always seem to have a special significance for some and a stigma for others.
We look to dates like New Years Day, January 1st as a new start to achieve goals or to make a change, but typically most of those ambitions tend to fizzle out within a few weeks (are you still waiting in line for that bench in your local commercial gym this past week like you did in early January?–probably not.)
New Year’s Day is only once per year, but in my mind still “common” enough to really not be that special in reality for most. (statistics indicate that up to 80% of new years resolutions are abandoned.)
So, as we approach Leap Day 2016, I purpose we take a little time and reflect on one area that we could improve upon.
This would be a long-term commitment, a four-year endeavor to be realized on the next Leap Day in 2020.
This would be no ordinary goal, it would be a stretch for certain and may be one of the toughest things you ever do.
Everything is relative and we all have strengths and weaknesses.
The key is being intuitive and honest with yourself as to what would be of most benefit to you and/or your family or friends.
This is a huge commitment and a goal that is not too much of a stretch may not be the best choice overall.(It’s really up to you though.)
What are you struggling with most in your life?
Do you need to substantially increase your income?
Do you need to increase your level of education? (in 4 years you could gain an incredible amount of education/experience—remember it doesn’t have to be a standard form of education in the form of a diploma etc.)
Do you need to lose 20, 50, 100, 200 pounds? (with a proper plan and implementation you can lose as much weight as you want in 4 years.)
Do you need to reinvent? Do you have some life-long personality flaws, confidence issues etc.—these might seem to be a fix that would take less than 4 years, but you might be surprised.
The possibilities are endless, the journey long and involved with undoubtedly many obstacles along the way, but with a focused approach you can accomplish just about anything.
I think it is important to really take your time with this. Really think this through, this is your one-way trip to Mars. You will decide upon something that will make your life profoundly better and excites you enough that you will carry on despite any setbacks or obstacles that you will encounter along the way.
With this post, I wanted to stimulate ideas without being too directive in approach to ultimate achievement because I think that is where the magic lies.
I will however suggest a couple of things that I think can not only help to keep your compass directed towards this goal, but will also excite you and keep you focused along the way.
- Begin with the end in mind. This is the most important thing. Make sure of your ultimate outcome and exactly what you will be, do or have on February 29th, 2020.
- Track it! Any simple system will work and it does not have to be overly complicated. In fact, the simpler the better. Buy a simple notebook and check off each day, mark off on your calendar, or use a basic task app on your phone.
The clock is ticking…….
Saturday February 29th 2020 will be here before you know it.
What will you accomplish?