Beautiful summer weather has returned here in Portland, Oregon this week, after a big blustery storm front reminded us that fall is coming. It’s that time when, in the midst of change from one season to another, we get a little of both. It’s 90 degrees and the elementary school in my neighborhood is buzzing with activity.
Change is like this. We get a big dose of the new, and slide back into a little of the old. New. Old. Until the shift is complete and we are deep into the new thing.
And fall, in particular, always seems to be a time for a whole lot of new. It’s a time to revitalize, to get back on track or launch on a new track altogether.
What is it that you want to begin this month?
Is there something in your life that needs a jumpstart?
Is there a new project that you can harness new fall energy to tackle?
Whatever is on your plate, here are four simple ways to grab that September energy and run with it:
Answer the question “what’s working and what’s not working?” If you haven’t done it yet, the next few weeks might be your best opportunity to carve out a few minutes for a breather – at home and at work – and ask yourself what you would like to have more of, do more of, have less of and do less of. Do it now, before October is in full swing and the next thing you are deep into the holiday season and the fourth-quarter crunch.
Take one step towards that goal you put off all summer. You know the one. The one that matters, but that you didn’t do much about all summer. That one. Start with one step, one that you can reasonably accomplish but that is big enough to give you a sense of momentum once it’s complete. Savor that. Then pick another one. Visualize what it would look like to make serious progress by year’s end.
Pull out that vision of yours and see what’s coming next. Start on it. Right. That vision you worked so hard on? Is it front and center in your daily life? Evaluate what have you’ve been successful in creating so far, what’s in process and what’s next. This is a great way to eliminate drama in decision-making or time management: it’s either a part of your vision, or it’s not. (Don’t have one yet? Consider a Strategy Session to get started on that.)
Send yourself back to school. Sign up for a class, buy a book, learn something new. Like the kids in my neighborhood, I am “back to class” this fall, learning even more about strengths development and the science of happiness—areas I am passionate about sharing through my coaching work. It’s great creative practice, too, to open up to areas outside of your usual focus. For me, that meant taking a massage class with my partner this month and reading a book on personal finance. What would it look like for you?
Tell me what you’re doing to revitalize your work and lifestyle in September. Or what you want to do and what’s in the way of making that happen.
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