Well, it's not technically a leap year, the next one is 2012. But, this is the phrase that came to mind as I set my theme for 2011.
I don't like New Year's resolutions. I prefer setting a slate of clear goals and giving myself an overall theme for the year. Goals are great because they give you milestones to put into your life GPS for the year.
But, the theme. The theme is your undercurrent, your throughline, your foundation or your touchstone for the annual journey. It's the platform on which you place your goals and it's the glue that keeps them in place as you forge your path. And, they give an overall meaning and purpose to your plan.
One of my goals this year is to break through barriers that have held me back in the past. Writer and dear friend Debra Rogers gave me the book that is the basis for my theme, "It's My Leap Year!" Written by Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap looks deeply at the barriers that are keeping you from breaking through, what he calls, your Upper Limit so that you're operating in your "zone of genius." It follows along my theory that glass ceilings are, for the most part, self-imposed. This book has very clear guidelines on how to break your own glass ceilings and leap to the next level and eventually highest levels you want to reach in your life, career, relationships, etc. It's pretty profound!
Plus, it's fun to create your theme!
In coming up with your theme, look at (or create) your list of goals for the year. Now think of those goals in terms of being Fearless, Healthy, Authentic, and Abundant. With those core themes in mind, what phrases or words spring to mind as being an overall throughline for you?
Or think of songs that inspire you. Come up with a theme song and then let that guide you to setting your annual theme.
You can use mine if you want to hit your higher levels too. Make it your leap year too! I'll meet you on there.