It’s Leap Day. What are you going to do with your extra day in the year? We all sometimes wish for extra hours in our days. Well, we have an extra twenty-four hours this week.
What’s Your “Leap?”
Maybe this is the day you decide to do something amazing. Maybe it’s the day you take that leap of faith and start a new life somewhere, start a new exercise program or just start going for a walk once a day. Sometimes, one small step is actually a leap of faith. It can lead to a break through in that one area of your life you really want to repair. You may not see it yet but you know and trust that if you keep moving consistently you’ll see new levels of success, organization, fitness and health. Why not use a Leap Day or a Leap Year as your jumping point?
For some of us, this could be the perfect day to reset our New Year’s resolutions. The end of February has traditionally been the time of year fitness centers and gyms see attendance start to decline (after the usual rush right after January 1). We’ve all either done it ourselves or witnessed it: People getting excited, saying this will be the year I tone up, get in shape, lose weight, run a 5K and so on. Then, about two months into the New Year, that zeal and fire just seems to fizzle out. Maybe it’s because we had a huge amount of ‘life’ going on. It could be that you were blessed with a bad winter cold that morphed into the bronchitis attack from you-know-where. Or, it might be that your kids took turns getting sick, one week after another, passing it to you and your spouse. Whatever was going on, your goal of getting in shape, exercising daily, cleaning out your garage, attending church, being more spiritual, stopping smoking, quitting caffeine or just getting more fresh air took a backseat to other things.
Create a ‘Reset Your Life’ Program
Why not let Leap Day (or whatever day you read this!) be THE day you start your own Reset My Life program? Do something to make it “official.” It might be something as simple as picking up a wall calendar from your local dollar store and making that very first “X” to show TODAY as the day you began to change whatever needs changing or fix whatever needs fixing.
Need more ceremony to go with your new decision? Why not kick things off with more flourish and host an impromptu party? Do it tonight. Light some candles around the house. Play some party music while you organize the closets and resolve to never let them get cluttered again.
Trying to eat right? Meet friends for dinner and celebrate ordering healthy food for dinner on your first night resetting your life. Drink a toast to your new life (with sparkling water of course!)
Time to start exercising? Lace up your shoes after work or after the kids get home and start a “Family Walking Night.”
While the saying “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” is true, only you can designate the start date of an official “Reset My Life” program and tailor it to your needs.
So, what are you waiting for? Take the first step. Design your life. Truly, it only needs to be one small step at a time. Still, the reality is, this is your life.
What “leap” will you take today?
*This post was originally written for Walkingspree and is published here with permission.