The Epic Year project is about speeding up personal growth.
What do you remember from a specific year in your life?
When it comes down to what we remember from past years, we tend to remember … the epic stuff.
What do I remember from a specific year?
And why do milestones matter?
Let’s take a closer look:
When thinking back on a specific year, most of us will remember things like:
And so on.
Besides being positive and memorable, what these types of milestones often have in common is that they seem to propel our lives forward.
I wonder how many milestones one must have in a year to feel that life is moving forward.
Four is the Magic Number
The magic number seemed to be four; if I had experienced four leap-type events in one year, that year felt monumental in hindsight.
In 2010, I married wifey on a Caribbean beach, worked in New York, started blogging in English, and got a studio apartment in the Financial District of Manhattan. Those were four significant leaps in my life—and a life-changing year for me.
In retrospect, 2013 doesn’t stand out as an epic year.
I’m sure that marrying someone new each year would be quite memorable, having a kid or closing your old business and starting anew. But plenty of leaps won’t require premature divorce, procreation, or jumping ship.
Like blowing past a significant personal milestone. Or doing something that you’ve been afraid of doing your entire life. Or experiencing something extraordinary for the very first time. Or teaching your kid to ride a bike!
Go For Epic Years
Achieving four major milestones each year isn’t easy (nor should it be), but I’ve found such a yardstick to be valuable and fun.
I like to call such years epic years.
Epic year = experiencing four (or more) major milestones in one year.
I will, for sure, do my very best to have epic years moving forward. I will keep track of my years by doing annual reviews: