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The Epic Year Project: Speed Up Personal Growth

Design your year by planning at least four life-changing leaps.

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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:

Milestone Density

When think­ing back on a spe­cif­ic year, most of us will remem­ber things like:

  • Having chil­dren or mar­ry­ing someone.
  • Quitting a job or start­ing a new one.
  • Moving from some­where to some­where else.
  • Reaching a sig­ni­fic­ant per­son­al mile­stone, like fin­ish­ing a marathon.
  • Starting a new company.
  • Being awar­ded or rewar­ded for a spe­cif­ic accomplishment.
  • Taking an amaz­ing trip somewhere.
  • Completing an edu­ca­tion or earn­ing a diploma.
  • Meeting someone or doing some­thing for the first time.

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 2013, I remem­ber quit­ting my job and start­ing a digit­al PR agency, Spin Factory. That’s two giant leaps, but hon­estly, I can­’t remem­ber any­thing else but hard work from that year. 

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!

Read also: The Blog Project: 10 Years of Improving My English

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.

Read also: The Every Day Rule: Manage Your Identity To Achieve More

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:

Please sup­port my blog by shar­ing it with oth­er PR- and com­mu­nic­a­tion pro­fes­sion­als. For ques­tions or PR sup­port, con­tact me via jerry@​spinfactory.​com.

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Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, alias Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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