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The Romantic “Leap Day” Pact

When your calendar clicks over to February 29th this Wednesday, take a moment to relish the sight of this special date, a number you won’t find in your calendar again for another four years.

This Wednesday is a Leap Day, that rare occasion where the Gregorian calendar sneaks an extra day into the year, bumping us up to 366 days instead of the usual 365.

What’s more, this mysterious extra day goes hand in hand with a romantic tradition. According to an old Irish legend, St. Patrick made a pact with St. Bridget that on a leap day women should be allowed to propose to men – a modest concession for the rights of women perhaps – but nevertheless, at GetTheGuy we see St. Bridget as a pioneer of the message we have been spreading for the last 4 years: Women NEED to get more PRO-ACTIVE when it comes to finding happiness in love!

Sometimes romance needs more than a little push from the heavens; sometimes it needs a colossal kick up the backside from your sharpest-toed stilettos!

Why modern dating advice is holding every woman back

This leap year is for women everywhere. Women who are fed up with crappy advice that tells them to wait around for the perfect man to come and carry them off forever. We read this advice all the time. The kind of advice that tells us that any real prince charming should be so madly in love with you at first sight, that he’ll make all the moves, all the advances, and all you’ll have to do is be your pretty little self and wait for him to top it all off by requesting your hand in marriage and whisking you off into the sunset on his white horse.

And if he fails to see all of that in you from first sight, well hey, screw him, guess he wasn’t that into you in the first place.

Yet, why is it that advice books for women never assume the simple truth about men. Like, the fact that every man finds it the most difficult of all to speak to the women they are attracted to? Or the fact that he’s absolutely terrified of you rejecting him front of his friends? Or that (heaven forbid) he’s shy and desperately wants to find any excuse to meet you?

No, it can’t be any of that stuff. If he really wanted you, he would make the effort, right? Best wait some more.

So we wait…and wait…and wait…

Is this really the best a 21st century woman can hope for? Wouldn’t you rather raise a rebellious hand in the air, stick your head out of your bedroom window and yell with every shred of defiance in your guts: “NO MORE!”. Modern dating advice is making women powerless and miserable. Women are constantly shown the value of going after what they want in their careers, in their education, in their professional lives, but why not in their love lives?

The “One Giant Leap for Womankind” Project

At GetTheGuy, we’ve conceived the One Giant Leap challenge as a way of uniting women on a mission, to take back rightful control over their love lives again.

When we have control, we get confidence. When we have confidence we feel like we draw power and satisfaction from our lives. We feel like we have the ability to make things happen. Most of us have areas of our lives where we feel like this, yet, in our love lives, most of us feel like we are subject to a cosmic dice roll; a hope that somehow we will “get lucky” one day and all of our relationship woes will be taken care of.

Over the next six months we want women everywhere to shed this mentality and send their love lives into the next stratosphere:

If you are single and can’t seem to meet any new men – This leap year is for you.

If you can’t seem to get that cute guy at the party to come over – This leap year is for you.

If you keep getting phone numbers and dates that lead nowhere – This leap year is for you.

If you are stuck in a relationship rut and need to just feel some excitement about your relationship again – This leap year is for you.

One Giant Leap – For Singles

Mission 1 – Start three conversations with a complete stranger in the following:

1. A high street coffee shop
2. A bar
3. A queue
4. Apple Store – (guys adore gadgets!)

Find any excuse – Ask him to recommend a muffin at the coffee shop, or ask him where he got his jacket (say you are thinking of buying one for your brother/nephew), or tell him you just bought an iPhone and want to know which apps he recommends downloading.

Mission 2 – Become a social host

You are going to set up one night a week in which you invite at least 8 people to gather in a single venue. It could be at your house, at a cocktail bar, some kind of hobby/physical activity. It doesn’t matter if they all come; the point is, you start becoming the kind of person who brings other people together.

WARNING: This is dangerously effective at boosting your social calendar. Expect to be inundated with invites once you start becoming a social butterfly.

Mission 3 – AT LEAST twice a week, if you see a man you are attracted to, you have to approach and compliment him

And when you compliment him, make sure it’s for a something specific instead of saying “OMG, you’re gorgeous!”. Just say, “Look, someone has to tell you this, that jacket really suits you”. Or “I can’t let you leave without telling you what a great smile you have”.

The more specific you make it, the more a guy is intrigued to know more.

The aim of this exercise is:

(a) To make you stretch out of your comfort zone and get used to meeting men you are actually attracted to (anyone can approach people they have no interest in!).

(b) To make you less intimidated by looks – Most of us place a massive premium on looks. The more you approach people you find attractive, the less you are going to be thrown off just because of your physical attraction. You’ll actually start to become more discerning and not be fazed just because they happen to be pleasing to the eye.

Mission 4 – At any social event, you WILL talk to five strangers

Most of us in life stick with the people we know, and miss out on hundreds of opportunities because of it. When you go to a party or gathering, make an effort to work out those social muscles.

You can make this even more effective by making the following resolution: When the conversation falls flat, I will resolve to stay for five more minutes.

Why is this resolution so important? Because you get into the habit of digging deeper to find something interesting to say, instead of immediately excusing yourself as soon as you’ve exhausted all the obvious conversations e.g. “How you know the host?” “What do you do for a living?” etc.

Mission 5 – Become a giver

Go into a social event/work/gathering and bring cookies or ice cream for everyone. Then promise yourself you are going to give one to the three most attractive men you can find (you can even do this when you are out somewhere social – Just bring something along and tell people you are celebrating by giving out cakes etc.).

Once you become generous, it’s an easy move to start conversations with just about anyone.

Mission 6 – Ask for a phone number

In the spirit of the leap day tradition, try asking for a guy’s phone number.

You wouldn’t believe how many men kick themselves for forgetting to ask for your phone number after a long conversation. So turn the tides and take the initiative yourself. Simply say “You seem fun, we should get our friends together sometime. Give me your number and we’ll arrange something”. Don’t ask, tell!

Mission 7 – If you get invited to fancy dress this year, you HAVE to go. And you HAVE to dress up

Why the hell not?

Mission 8 – Send him more clues

For the next few months you are going to use this magic phrase: “I love it when a guy…”.

Is he wearing shoes you love? Tell him “I love it when a guy wears those boots/shoes/trainers etc.”

Has he got a manly beard? Give it a playful tug and say “I love it when a guy has that rugged beard look”.

Has he got big muscles? Playfully compare your arms with his and say “Wow, you’ve got me beat in the muscles department. I love a man who puts more hours in the gym than I do”.

Mission 9 – Go to a new venue/activity every week – And aim to speak to three new men when you get there

One Giant Leap – For Couples

For those of you who need a bit more juice out of your relationship, here are your own set of challenges:

Mission 1 – Start dating again

The first thing to do is start making an effort again.

Remember all that good stuff about falling in love? That heady period of spontaneity, a feeling of giddy excitement, a sense of constant surprise, stepping into the unknown.

We need to bring that back. From now on, schedule at least one date a week with your partner. This can be one night in the week where you both agree that no matter how busy you are, you’re both going to go out together and solely focus on each other, making an effort to dress up and look your best.

Mission 2 – Tell him how good he smells

Men need to hear this. We want to know that we have something unique that drives you crazy. As soon as he hears this, he’ll be more attracted to you than ever.

Mission 3 – Whisper in his ear how you can’t wait to get him home and tear his clothes off

Physical validation in relationships is a must. Everyone needs to feel desired. The best way to do this is to tease him by telling him in a public place where he can’t do anything about it. Make him fantasize about it the whole day.

Mission 4 – Initiate sex

A woman who puts her cards on the table and shows us what she wants is irresistible. Men love knowing that their partner is as interested in sex as they are. Make sure he knows it.

Mission 5 – Create some new memories

Don’t live off past memories. We should always be pushing the boundaries, creating new shared experiences to bring us close with our partner. The more you introduce variety into your relationship, the closer you are both going to feel to each other emotionally.

Remember, routine is the enemy of romance!

Variety makes things unpredictable; it’s this quality that makes new relationships so much fun.

So why not try surprising your partner with an exhilarating trip you can both take together? Or, instead of going to that restaurant you always go to, book an activity you’ve both never tried before. It might be wine-tasting, or going to see the opera, or maybe just having a picnic.

When you introduce variety in even the smallest way, your whole relationship will feel brand, sparkling new.

Mission 6 – Give a little gift

Showing someone you are thinking of them is always a way to re-introduce a spark. Send little love notes with an invitation for him to write a poem in return. Or even a gift to remind you both of your first date. It could just be ordering his favourite food and taking the night off with him.

Mission 7 – Massage

Thousands of relationships could be saved if only couples gave each other more back rubs. Giving someone a massage is a way of showing that you care about their relaxation and are sympathetic to their troubles. It’s like when we make a cup of tea for someone; it’s a small gesture that makes someone feel instantly comforted.

Mission 8 – Passionately kiss on the spur of the moment

Surprising him with a passionate kiss will send his hormones into overdrive and make him feel like the greatest man on earth. When men feel like this, you can expect great things in return!

So there you have it. Big proactivity for a BIG year! Here’s a way to start, leave a comment stating one way you are going to be more proactive in the coming week!

Back soon!

Matthew xxx

*Please pass this article around to your friends and colleagues so that we can get the whole nation being proactive today! Start by sending this to 3 people who you know need to be more proactive!* 

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42 Replies to “The Romantic “Leap Day” Pact”

  • “to do list” of the month, starts today!!! Matt you are awesome!!! I wonder if you were a girl how many guys could instantly fall for you. haha

  • “You are going to set up one night a week in which you invite at least 8 people to gather in a single venue.”

    That’s making an awfully big and erroneous assumption about my life; the assumption that I know 8 people. My social circle has never been larger than 4 or 5 people and since those 4 or 5 people started as friends of my ex, I lost them when I got fed up with the neglect and left him. My social circle currently consists of me and… me.

    1. @wannabe_elf: It doesn’t have to be people you know! And you don’t have to invite them to your home. Invite people on your street to something local (that someone else arranged… hey! did you know this is happening on Friday, if you’re into XX, you should come!), or fix a car boot sale on the street, or invite people to a coffee house where you ask (beforehand) if you can get five minutes to talk about something (anything!) and it doesn’t matter if anyone you invited shows up, there will probably still be people there, you can give a little speech on how drinking coffee makes the world a better place and then feel proud of yourself afterwards for having the guts to do so. A great exercise in getting attention too! Or ask a local gallery or something if they want a hand inviting people, or pick a music act you’d like to watch yourself and invite some people to do the same. You can do it!

  • Matthew…you are INCREDIBLE! I totally agree with you about modern dating advice being totally wrong. I used to be a woman that believed that if a guy really liked me, he would make a move. That way of thinking got me nowhere! THEN I found you and I understand now how important it is for me to make a really big effort in my life to change the way I go about meeting and dating guys. I can’t thank you enough for all of your wonderful advice! I’m very excited to try all of these things out. I know I won’t be disappointed because I have total trust in you and your methods.

  • heey matt
    am really so exited to try this out ..i will start making conversations with stranger and be asocial host .
    Thank you ;)

  • This is fantastic advice! I can’t wait to try all of these ideas! I have no doubt in my mind that they will work. I tried a few of these, and it’s absolutely true, that in order to improve our loves lives: is to meet more people! How else can we find a good man, when most of us aren’t even meeting any new men in our lives/ interacting with them. I actually went to a friends party a month ago, and a girlfriend of mine brought one of her guy friends. I thought he was pretty cute and he kept laughing at the jokes I made, to other people I was conversing with. He seemed a little shy but confident in himself, I was waiting if he would star a convo with me…then I just decided to break the ice and told him, he looked familiar, where had I seen him before? Worked like a charm :) Anyway we ende up going for coffee and we hung out a few times as a group with mutual friends. We don’t really talk anymore or text, but I don’t regret talking to him at all. He is an amazing guy, but the timing wasn’t right. If anything I’m more confident in myself, that my actions, can result in something wonderful..even if just for a little while.

    Thanks so much!

  • A great list, but it does assume I have the time in my week to go out 4 nights. I’m a primary school teacher and once the planning, marking and work is finished its to late. I read avidly your advice but just can’t see how to fit it into my life.

  • Thanks, Matt :) I wish I’d seen this post earlier today…I’m from the U.S., and I got out of my high school about two hours ago, and I could definitely have used these tips. Oh, well. I will definitely use them during the rest of the year, and I think I found the guy I’m after today. What do you know? Leap year has given me a guy goal :) HAPPY 2012!!

  • Hi Matt,
    I only just managed to read your email today but I’m definitely going to try some of these tips out!
    Thanks for the new ideas and for helping me to continue creating in my life. :)

  • Hi Matt,

    I didn’t read this til today, but I did see the title on the email yesterday and it prompted me to call someone I was dating for a while, but that I’ve been too busy to make time for recently due to taking up tango dancing (which is consuming my time.)

    I left him a voicemail asking if I could buy him lunch for Leap Year–he called back in short order and said yes, so we agreed where to meet since I was at work.

    At lunch (which was a very nice place with good food) I told him lunch was payback for all the wonderful meals he had bought me in the past and he said, “There is no payback. Just your company was more than payback enough. You are the cure.”

    Matt, if I hadn’t seen your email and read that it was Leap Year, I wouldn’ have reached out the way I did, nor have received such a lovely complment. Thank you.

  • This is scariiiiing. If I do this, Gosh, I just can’t imagine how many guys I’ll have!!!! I am absolutely sure that If I just do one of your tips, I’ll have tons of guys!!

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