Give a Gift to…Yourself!

A Gift for Me

I did it.  After I said I wouldn’t.  I tried to resist it, listening intently to how so many were skipping over the bountiful Thanksgiving celebrations to revel in holiday reds and greens, but I failed miserably.  When I walked into the decorative establishment laden with shimmering ornaments and glistening tinsel, I was smitten.  As of yesterday at 3 p.m., I was officially in the spirit of Christmas!

I’ve heard many mixed reviews of whether wintry musings should even be explored now, particularly in light of those who are still suffering devastation here in Houston from the unforgiving hurt from Harvey.  Nevertheless, there is something about the season that put me in a different, but familiar frame of mind – reflection.

I began this year with a concept of “leaping,” as in LEAP – Let Excellence Accelerate your Progress.  I glued it on every mental sticker, taped it to every note, tied it on every bow…and with this task affixed to my brain, leap I did!  I leaped into new circles of friends, family and colleagues.  I leaped into realms that I’d not explored, fascinated by my findings and  dynamic discoveries.

I leaped past fears and folly into blissful beginnings because I ventured out to try things before that had only been mere memories in my head, unsure of whether or not they would “really work.”  I’ve concluded that leaping – is addictive.  In fact, it is a gift!

So often, during the Christmas holidays, we find ourselves saturated with the spirit of – purchasing.  We salivate at Black Friday Sales.  We sing the praises of precious finds on Cyber Mondays.  And while I’m not at all opposed to giving gifts to the ones we love, my persistent progress and meaningful milestones have re-taught me a valuable lesson.  I love me, too!

I love me so much, that I’ve decided to get myself a gift.  This Christmas, my gift is a commitment to Carla to leap higher in 2018 than I did in 2017.  I want to be better.  Stronger.  Smarter.  Faster.  More effective.  More efficient.  More impactful – so that I can give my best gift of me to the ones who mean the most.

As I’ve written more tweets, given more speeches, tutored more students, been booked for  more events and conducted more classes this year than I ever have before, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to meet hundreds of amazing individuals who hunger and thirst for the same passion in life.  They desire to be excited at the beginning of the day and fulfilled at the night’s end.

I believe they need to LEAP.  Perhaps, so do you.  Dreamcatching is not for the faint at heart, but it is for the love-filled and success-bound.  Pursuing the ideas, imaginations and inspirations that fuel your soul with fervor is among the most rewarding endeavors you can ever achieve in life.

I am baffled by the enjoyment I’ve gained this year from goal setting and goal realization.  I question only, why I waited so long!   I can’t wait to unwrap the proverbial presents that are waiting for me in the future.  I know they’ll be unforgettable because of the gift of commitment I’ve already given to myself.

What’s your gift?  Open it.  LEAP with me…I’m ready!

#pursueyourpassion, #catchyourdreams, #bethe1, #leap2018, #somuchmorecoming, #waitforit

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