Happy Leap Day! Today is famous for being rare. Or kind of rare. We know it’s coming and in the grand scheme of things it isn’t much different from any other day.
But the idea of leaping – now that’s something to grab onto if you’re ready. What would leaping look like for you?
Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there’s got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you’re at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together. Yo-Yo Ma
I decided that 2016 was going to be a year of transformation. For me. For my business. For my clients. Heady words that mean something. Not just because they sound like a good idea. But because they motivate action. They create something new in a space that was empty.
Leaping is personal. Here’s what leaping means for me right now, today.
I am saying no to things that aren’t right for me.
I used to say yes, then regret that I was doing work or participating in something that wasn’t right for me. No more.
I am giving myself permission to only focus on what I know will bring me joy.
Because I’ve learned that life really is too short to spend your days doing things that don’t make you happy.
I’m taking risks and asking for help.
Admitting I can’t do it all. Why does that feel like such a risk? Surely, everyone needs help now and then.
Asking. I’m asking for the chance to interview people on my podcast.
Sometimes this is easy and fun, and other times I find myself full of doubt. Who am I to do an interview? Then I realize why not me and I ask anyway.
Risking a no or a no comment for the chance to hear a yes.
It’s easier when we know what the answer will be. But transformation comes (at least for me) when I’m willing to put myself out there even when I’m not sure.
Being intentional about what I want my days to be. How do I want to spend my time?
I get to choose. Because it’s all a choice. No one makes us trudge through life doing or being something that isn’t right. This little lesson took a while to sink in and now that it has, I remind myself every day. Intention matters.
Listening. Especially to those I serve. How can I do it better? What would be most helpful?
Because it’s not always what I think. When I take time to listen and truly hear I’m amazed at what people share. I’m encouraged and inspired to think differently. So I ask questions and keep learning to do it better.
Being mindful. Taking steps forward on purpose.
How does leaping look for you?