Last year we launched the One Year Project for the first time. The premise was that I would take on clients that I would meet with (over the phone) once a month for one year. Our work together was not merely about accountability, but also direction, introspection, and real action. The projects varied from marketing campaigns to launching businesses, writing books, and facing down the big idea. We had a range of wild, extraordinary successes and quieter, powerful advances that were shy of the finish line. What everyone shared was the desire to move, grow, and take on a project that had been neglected from fear or time or something that holds us back. Lots of people told me that no one would sign up for something for a year. They were wrong. We sold out the very first day in a matter of hours and turned away quite a few people.
I came up with the idea of the one-year project based on my own commitment to take on a major project or goal every year that challenges my comfort and creates an opportunity for growth. It was this premise that gave birth to my one-woman show, Renegade Princess, got my book, How I Created a Dollar Out of Thin Air published and ultimately gave way to The One Year Project!
The One Year Project takes place in July far away from that other month beginning with J that starts off the year full of promise of learning to speak Spanish, play the piano, write your book or launch a foundation, but ends with a lot of regret and frail hope for another year. July is full of sun and hope and a different kind of beginning. Coincidently, it’s also the month of my birth. Shortly after I was born Apollo 11 would land on the moon. I like this quiet, historic nod to grand possibility. It seems very appropriate for those embarking on something that has yet to be achieved. We may not reach the moon, but if I have anything at all to do with it, we are going to damn well capture some stars.
The One Year Project is intimate work. I knew it would be which is why I only choose to do it once a year. Every month someone asks about the One Year Project and I have to tell them, I really, truly, sincerely do only work with one group a year. It’s not a trick or gimmick. Some of the participates had been carrying around their ideas for over twenty years. There’s a reason we tuck things away. Ideas were wrapped in hope as delicate as tissue paper. I know that feeling. I didn’t write, not seriously, for a long time. I played at the edges of writing. I sort of kicked it around at the surface, careful not to disturb the ground too much and finally I dug in with both hands and all heart and now hear I am.
The One Year Project may not be for you, but it may be a great time to look at all those deferred dreams and dust one off and pick it up. Ask yourself what would happen if you made a plan, told the world, and got to work?
I have no idea who will show up this year or how many. Maybe instead of ten there will only be two. Two or ten, I am ready for you.
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