We all seem to get in the mood for life change as the final seconds tick away on the year. It’s funny how brief spurts of motivation can be brought on by the turning of the calendar page. And why does that motivation frequently only last 3 or 4 days, if even that?
So it seems that when we find ourselves in the darkest time of the year, with the shortest days, with too many pounds gained over the holidays, the bleak deadness of winter in the air, that we find ourselves longing for a spring in our lives so to speak. And so we scurry off to scribble notes and memos on scraps of paper that describe all of the wonderful changes we plan to make in the year ahead.
Some will focus on diet plans, others exercise, others stepping away from a bad habit or two. Some people be more focused on their career goals, updating that resume, or pushing the boss hard for that promotion. Others will renew their commitments to being good parents to their children: less yelling and fighting over the small things, and more meaningful talks with time to do fun things together. Some of us will overhaul our financial goals for the year, trying to undo the damage from the holidays while seeing if we can save something for retirement.
Nonetheless, far too many will see their hopes and dreams for another new year having been pushed aside after only a week. So how do you find the motivation to keep going with the things that you say you want to do, but never seem to really get around to? I’m taking ideas. And I think we all should be. Because no matter how productive you may or may not have been in the past year, life still seems to swing out of balance. Even when we are right on track in one area of our lives, something else seems to fall out of balance in another.
So let me put out a challenge to you, “I don’t think you can do it!” I don’t think all those grand ideas you’ve put together will amount to a hill of beans come the middle of next month. Now why do I say that? Am I dead set on your downfall? Do I get some sadistic sense of satisfaction from your failure? Quite the contrary actually. In fact, I have found that when someone else expresses their belief that I can’t accomplish something, that sometimes spurns me on to actually get something done that I wouldn’t of done otherwise. And if I can play some role of that nature for you, it will not only do you some good, I will also be living up to some of my New Year’s resolutions.
Now if that doesn’t do it for you and you still can’t quite seem to get your act together, I do have another option for you. If after two months of toughing it out on your own you find yourself unable to pull your goals together quite the way they looked on paper, the 40 Day LEAP will launch this coming February 29th, ‘Leap Day’. A date that only comes along once every 4 years. In my mind, I see it as an opportunity, a chance for me to implement some changes. And if you are game for it, I wish the same for you.