Magic Month

Day 346 Week 50 Q4 Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Have you ever created a magic month? Or was there ever a month in your life? That was magic? It is pretty amazing how much can occur in a single month.  Sometimes, what happens is dominated by what comes in from the outside, and other times, what happens is dominated by what is growing inside of you. In either case, a month is a good period of time for transformation. I have heard that this is enough time to form a new habit and that new lives are based on new habits.

It is when the intersection of the outside and the inside occurs where all the transformational action happens. This occurs when a person has a dream with a deadline. In some industries, there used to be major events called trade shows. I worked in two of these industries: the audio industry for 10 years at Bose and the computer industry at Apple in multimedia for another 10 years.

Mini industries still have major trade shows, and now that most markets have become international, a single trade show does not ordinarily suffice to expose everyone to new product offerings, so these trade shows sprout up in different countries at different times. They all present opportunities for a magic month because the month before that trade show, They all present opportunities for a magic month because the month before that trade show a very large number of things get done. Even in consumer retail markets, there’s a magic month between Thanksgiving and Christmas when a disproportionate number of cells are made. A huge number of things get done. Even in consumer retail markets, there’s a magic month between Thanksgiving and Christmas when a disproportionate number of cells are made.

What I am proposing here is similarly impactful but does not require you to be in an industry, or a market, or even work for somebody else at all.  I am proposing that you create your own magic month. That, you have some transformational target in your life that you were on a path toward, and that you somehow create a deadline that is not only internal but which you have also externalized by bringing in other stakeholders to share this deadline, and then you work toward it.

It is possible to remain focused for 30 days more easily than for 30 years. If you really want a high-performance period of time, a month is an excellent duration to choose. I know it does not have to begin on the first day of a month and a girl by the end of said month. You can begin any day at all that you want, and since there are other stakeholders involved, and they have many other things going on in their lives and their industries, there’s not a very good chance that you can make this happen on the first day of a month, because many other things happened at the beginning of months.

So pick one of your dreams, invent a stakeholder event, and then, one month before that event is to occur, be tremendously focused on getting to that result. You can and will change your life as long as you are incredibly intentional about it, and never forget that this is a magic month for you for that entire month. I know you cannot have too many magic months in a row, nor even too many magic months in a life, for that it would not be magic. But once in a while, when there’s something really trying to happen in your life and in the lives of the stakeholders you have accumulated at that point, the conditions are optimal for a magic month to come into being.

It’s time for me to stop because this is the first day of a magic month for me.