Get Ready to Leap


in Happiness,Personal Growth

I talk a lot about taking risks.

Risk is inherent in embracing your possibilities.

If you step forward to meet what you want in life, it’s always a bit risky. You might fail. You might discover you hate it. You might alienate your family.

It all feels pretty precarious.

On the other hand, you might be wildly successful. You might find what you’ve always been looking for. You might discover that your family can cope.

That all feels pretty fabulous, right?

What I hadn’t really thought about is that stepping up to do what you really want in life has another consequence as well.

It makes the world a better place.

If we all “step up” even a little bit and embrace our possibilities, it has a ripple effect – a ripple effect of good.

The good comes from honoring our highest and best selves. When we do that, we can’t help but shine a little brighter in our own lives which, in turn, invites others to shine more brightly as well.

Do you have goosebumps yet?

I certainly do. And did when I spoke with Victor Saad last week. He and a team of passionate people are attempting to start a movement by encouraging people to commit to taking a risk for good in 2012.

If you didn’t know it already, 2012 is a leap year. I can’t think of a better way to honor this special year than by taking a risk – or making a leap – for good.

Good for yourself. Good for others.

Check out The Leap Year Project. Be inspired. Make the leap.

What’s your leap going to be?


P.S.  A big thank you to long-time reader Meghan Lazier for telling me about this project!

P.P.S.  If you need a little help leaping, consider Possible to Probable. I’d love to make the journey with you!

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Lorrie Jones January 4, 2012 at

My leap is going to be something that could sound “easy” or “well, how hard can THAT be?”…for me it is not easy and in fact, can be quite difficult at times: the leap from doing what I think I ‘should do’ to doing what inspires me, what brings me alive – and, hopefully, what could mentor inspiration and aliveness in others as well. This has been quite challenging for me – yet this year I’m ready to leap…to “JUMP!” as Joseph Campbell has said. The image of my three young grandchildren comes to mind as I notice my hesitancy to allow myself ‘fun’ in what I envision (who says we can’t be ‘childlike’ at any age?): these three little ones know immediately what appeals to them and what is, so dreadfully, “boring”. Can you just imagine their faces when suggesting the creation of a cardtable fort with army men, tea sets or dolls as opposed to the expression when cleaning their rooms and putting away a week’s worth of clothing is suggested (the words accompanying the facial response being “that’s BORING”!)? I commit to being childlike in noticing what draws me and being mature and courageous in taking the risk to stop, to pause… giving my idea or inspiration time and breathing space. Maybe something wonderful will emerge that previously has had no room to grow…and bloom and to contribute.


Andrea Olson January 4, 2012 at

Beautiful, Lorrie. Play is so profound. If we can just allow ourselves to play with the possibilities – to have fun and enjoy the process – the returns can be tremendous. So proud of you for stepping into that space!


Lorrie Jones January 4, 2012 at

thank you, Andrea!


Vanessa Vinos January 4, 2012 at

Ooooh! I’m taking a big risk this year by returning to the UK after 11 years in Spain. It’s something I want to do, have to do (for family reasons) and something I’m equally excited and terrified about ;-)


Andrea Olson January 4, 2012 at

Wow, that is a big leap! I’m looking forward to hearing more. :)


Ronna January 4, 2012 at

Did you write this post for me? I think you must have. I’m a little irritated, frankly. Why must you push me so?

Only kidding, of course. I LOVE that you’ve connected with this guy, the Leapyear Project, and that you’re consistently (and kindly) calling me to the leaps I must/need/can take.

Can’t wait to see your leaps this year, as well, my friend!
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Andrea Olson January 4, 2012 at

It was just a little nudge … Can you hear me laughing? Yes, it is a fantastic project and really speaks to what is important.


Nikki Groom January 5, 2012 at

That’s exactly what I said! “Did you write this for me?” lol.

I’m leaping forward — and am filled with excitement for the year ahead!

Also, printing this out and taping it someplace I can see it everyday ;-)
Nikki Groom recently posted..finding happy + what the Buddha taught


Victor Saad January 4, 2012 at

Great stuff Andrea!

I hope you and your readers will submit their projects and begin sharing their stories!
Can’t wait to look back and compile what everyone accomplished when we focused on doing good together for one year.

I’m glad that you and your readers will be some of the first Leapers!

Here’s to a great year!


Andrea Olson January 4, 2012 at

Thanks, Victor! It’s wonderful to be able to highlight the project. I should have noted that people can share their leap by going to and typing it in. Fantastic!


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