This Can Be Your Leap Year

Are you ready to take a leap this year?

This Can Be Your Leap Year

Slay, girl, slay. 

Rise and grind. 

Hustle like a #Boss.

We are so quick to encourage the people around us to live their best lives, to go after their dreams and to build their own version of success. But what about you? Do you want to be successful? Do you want to live your best life? 

Of course, you do. The real questions are how much are you willing to risk? How vulnerable are you willing to be? How hard are you willing to work to get to your desired destination? 

It’s true that 2020 is a leap year, but is this the year that you will leap? More than ever before, we are seeing people step outside of their comfort zone to build their own brand, redefine their identity and design their personal version of happiness. What’s holding you back? 

The answer is simple: you. 

This year, I decided to join the rebels. I needed freedom. I needed to create. I needed to call the shots about my time and define my own value. I needed to stop getting in my own way. I needed to appreciate that we have one life to live. I needed to move. I chose to mute my fears and insecurities and pursue my dream of changing the world by way of motivational speaking.

Make this your year to take the leap and let the world see the real you: the best version of you. Here are five pieces of advice to help take your stubborn foot off the brake of complacency and conquer your ambitions: 

1. Say goodbye to any toxic people in your life.

I love Winston Churchill’s quote, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Start by standing up for yourself. Start by owning your value. Every person, no matter how genuine or kind, has haters. Haters delight in broadcasting your failures but whisper about your success. It’s time to let any toxic people in your life go. 

2. Surround yourself with those who inspire (and challenge) you.

You have way more cheerleaders and supporters than you realize. Some people you have already met and some you have yet to meet. Choose quality over quantity by valuing your time and character and invest in the people who invest in you. Step outside your traditional network or circle and introduce yourself to the people that you admire from afar. 

3. Be unapologetically, authentically you.

You are unique. There is not one other person on this planet who shares the same strengths, experiences, stories and values that you have to offer. Stop apologizing and worrying about what other people think of you. Shine a light on the best you have to give to the world and then don’t stop shining. 

4. Prepare for setbacks. Then get back up.

I’ll let you in on two secrets. The first is that you will fail. The second is that failure offers us the most beautiful opportunity: a comeback. When you fail, look for the lesson and choose growth. The people we admire most are the ones who have risen from a great fall and have overcome adversity with determination and grit. We all have moments of disappointment, embarrassment and even shame when we do not succeed. Breathe in that sense of failure and let your exhale propel you toward your next move. 

5. If you want something, give it everything you've got. 

One of the most common reasons people fail to earn success is because they give up too easily or they never give 100%. There are plenty of people in the world who are crushing their goals but have less talent and experience than you. The difference is that these individuals not only took a leap, but they stayed consistent and put forth maximum effort. We prefer comfort over a challenge, but contentment comes at a cost. If you desire to evolve and live your best life, you have to run hard, fall down, get back up and start running again, this time with improved cadence. What do you have to lose? Give yourself the shot you deserve. You might be surprised at how effortless success feels when you choose to take a leap of faith and start investing in being the best version of yourself.