Is September the New January?
Summer is over. All the family BBQ’s, vacations, and visits with friends have given way to make room for football games, pumpkin spice lattes, shorter days, and cooler weather.
As fall arrives, it brings fresh beginnings and new possibilities. Even though you are sad to see summer go, you’re craving a more normal routine and feel change is needed. You have a sense of feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after the summer.
Is this the perfect time to settle in and set some new targets for the months ahead?
Is September a perfect time for a fresh start?
While January is the traditional time for setting goals and making resolutions would you consider doing this in September?
September brings a new energy and has built in momentum. It gives you the same feeling as January; an empty calendar and a clean slate. It’s back to school season and you are ready to get to work. It just feels natural that there would be fresh beginnings and new possibilities.
Have you heard of the “Fresh Start Effect?” Research shows that people are more likely to take action towards goals after temporal landmarks that represent new beginnings. Landmarks such as the start of a new week, month, year, school semester, birthdays, job changes, or moving give you the feeling of a fresh start. Think about it. When you are going to start a diet or something new, when do you say you’re going to start? Monday. When you set goals or resolutions when do you do it? At the start of the new year.
What can you do to make the most of the last 122 days available in 2018?
The advantage to getting started in September is that you have the last 8 months of insight as you set new goals or tweak some of the old ones. What needs or what do you want to get accomplished before the end of the year? Make sure you come at it from a place of opportunity to create what you want in the last 122 days of the year and not from a place of reacting to what you haven’t finished.
The best way to get started is with some self-reflection.
What’s working best in my life/career/business right now?
How do I build on what’s working?
How do I do more of that?
What key actions or projects do I want to focus on in these 122 days?
What do I still want to achieve this year that I haven’t started yet?
If there is something on your goal list from the beginning of the year that you haven’t accomplished yet, ask yourself:
What is stopping me from accomplishing this goal?
How important is this goal to me now?
Life changes and so do your goals. What was important to you at the beginning of the year may not hold the same value to you now. If it doesn’t, let it go. If it does, what can you do to start taking steps towards it today?
Word of the Year
If you participated in my Find Your Word this year, or you've got a word, this is a really great time to reengage with your word of the year. Take some time to think about it and refocus yourself .
How has my word showed up in the last few months?
How can I use my word to create new opportunities in the last 122 days of 2018?
I know I am feeling energized to put some things into action during these final four months of the year. How about you? Do you feel inspired to turn over a new leaf in September? Is September the new January for you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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