Leap To Find Your Bonus

I heard too much yakking about Leap Day (February 29) being an “extra” day this year.  A “bonus” day.  A day to do something special.  Every time I heard this notion from someone in person, on the phone, or on the media, I wanted to scream, “Don’t you get it?  Every day is a bonus day!”  Perhaps my buttons were getting a teeny bit pushed.  Upon reflection, here’s why.

Lately I’ve seen a trend among Brilliance-Based Businesswomen and Brilliance-Based Careerwomen.  They know what they want to create in their lives and work.  They know what’s in their way of creating it.  They even know who can help them move those obstacles and leap ahead.  But they decide it’s best to do it “later.”  Later!?!

As we approach March 19, the 14th anniversary of my close friend Jochen’s death (we were 30 when he got sick and died within 4 months) and the 13th anniversary of connect2 Corporation (my personal tribute to seizing the day), I am feeling the urge to shake everyone by the shoulders.  There is no guarantee of later!  No matter how young we are or how good we feel.  The time to act is absolutely now.

Recently I had a fascinating conversation with one of my clients who wanted to move forward but at the same time thought she should put “it” off until later.  Together we co-created a list of what might spur her to make a change sooner:

  • Spouse or loved one fully supports “it”
  • Sudden surge of self-discipline drives her to just do “it”
  • Some outside drama pops up that necessitates “it”
  • Certainty that “it” will make a strong pain go away
  • Belief that later “it” will be more costly
  • Viewing “it” as critical to survival (financial or health wise)
  • Doing “it” has comfortably low risk

As my mentor has taught me well, the ego mind resists change.  The ego mind wants safety.  Expansion does not feel safe to the ego mind.  It feels risky.  So the ego mind will sabotage any and all change.  According to Napoleon Hill, here are the most common 5 ways we sabotage ourselves in the interest of staying seemingly safe:

  1. Lacking clarity of purpose (ignoring your Brilliance will keep you from being your Most Brilliant Self, of the highest service to others)
  2. Going it alone (Brilliance-Based Businesswomen are naturally isolating)
  3. Stopping at the finish line (maintaining rather than progressing)
  4. Having little to no faith (letting uncertainty about “the how” stall you)
  5. Taking little to no action (guaranteeing things will stay the same or get worse) 

So deciding you’ll do it later, when someone else may give you permission or encouragement or a blank check, is the best possible way to GUARANTEE you will continue to experience your current result, or worse.  Want your current result?  Then do “it” later!  Wait for a bonus day!  Or….

Want meaningful change?  Do “it” today. Just take the first step.  I know it’s a leap of faith. Just leap, and your net will appear.  

Ready to leap high and far right now?  Then I want to give you a very special invitation.  In honor of my 13 years in business, I am hosting an exclusive, intimate, daylong gathering of 6 Brilliance-Based Businesswomen.  Four seats are already taken.  Two remain open as of this writing.  Is one of them yours?  You decide how far and how high you’re willing to leap.  To have a conversation with me today, March 6, 2011 – contact me right now.  If this event is right for you, you’ll not only secure yourself a seat at this exceptional table today, you’ll also receive the LEAP Special of $500 OFF or 2 FOR 1.

Happy Belated Leap Day, everyone.


  1. Paula G

    Awesome Debra. Love this post. The whole leap thing was getting on my last nerve as well. That said you drive home that EVERY day is a bonus day. In fact every single day I wake up – first thing I do before getting out of bed is say Thank YOU for this day! (said to a higher power). I, too have seen the myth of someday painfully played out both with the death of my Mom and a dear friend from school who died at 28.

    People should be LEAPING for this opportunity…Makes me want to LEAP to Boston.

    • Debra Woog

      It's beautiful that you express gratitude first thing every morning. Come on – Leap to Boston!!! Email me if you want to discuss specifics.

  2. @Stefanie_Frank

    Wow I was going to wait until "later" to read this. Glad I didn't!

    Leap Day drove me a little crazy too. I love this post because nothing will replace commitment work when building your Brilliance-Based Business. Might as well start now. Support from great coaches like you can help us navigate through that ego mind resistance!

    • Debra Woog

      Thanks, Stef! Good to know I wasn't alone on that. It's funny – I don't remember ever feeling like that in past leap years. This is what growth does for us!


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