It may not feel like it, but today is a gift. Just in case you hadn't noticed, it's a leap year and today - 29th February - is a bonus day.
Now, for those of you who realize that it's Monday, you may be feeling less like celebrating this great gift. And, if you're a full time employee, you may feel a lot less like celebrating because you're probably not getting paid any more for working this extra day than you would be if we had 365 days this year. That's one of the realities of being salaried and having equal pay each month. Winner!
So, with those considerations in mind, let me try to persuade you that today is, indeed, a gift.
We can all achieve what we want to achieve if we put our minds to it and put some effort behind that. Often, small changes create the catalyst for transformations that impact our lives and careers and you don't need very much time to kickstart a meaningful change that will help you get to something that's truly important to you.
Perhaps you're looking to get healthier for the summer (summer bodies are built in winter, you know) or you're aiming for a promotion or a new career altogether. Maybe you want to change up your personal relationships or home life. Well, whatever it is that you want to do, the good news is that you can start now.
I appreciate that unless you have a tiny goal you aren't likely to achieve your goal in one day, but you can do a lot with just 24 hours or a tiny fraction of that. And even if you are at work right now, you can still start the process today and make some progress that you can be proud of.
Why not try it? You have nothing to lose. Start by simply making a decision about what's truly important to you. Once you've done that, and you've got your goal in mind, make a commitment to yourself about being successful. Then, make another commitment to the goal you decided upon. Easy so far, right?
You know what you have achieved in your life thus far and how far you've come. Aside from yourself, there's nothing stopping you from going even further. Every meaningful change starts with some action and before you know it you are at that tipping point that brings that goal straight into your arms.
Now you have determined your goal and made a commitment both to yourself and that goal, do something today that will help you get closer to achieving your vision. It doesn't have to be much; just pick something that you need to do that will help you make progress so when you wake up tomorrow, not only will you have determined your goal, made commitments to yourself and to the goal, but you'll have taken some action towards achieving it. Perhaps you'll simply do some research about your new career, or you'll take those first steps towards moving home or changing a relationship. You may go for a longer walk or a more intensive gym session if fitness is your goal or you might clean up that mess at home that has been bugging you for weeks. As long as you're doing something that will feel great because you are making progress towards your goal, that's perfect. And you'll thank yourself in the morning when you wake up.
If you're thinking that today isn't as much of a gift as I made you believe, then perhaps you're looking at things the wrong way around. Time is finite so make the most of every day, whether it's a leap year or not.
And if you start by seeing this extra day as a gift, perhaps you'll start to look at every day as a gift and the golden opportunity it truly is to make your life amazing.
Rob Whitfield is the CEO and Founder of One Brit, No Bull, a coaching and corporate training company based in Los Angeles and operating worldwide. Rob can be contacted here or on (+1) 518 9NO BULL.
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As well as being an experienced management consultant and energetic public speaker, Rob Whitfield is a certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a certified Master Coach and a certified Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy. No Bull.