September: A Time for New Beginnings

September marks the end of the summer and generally brings with it a flurry of activity. Whether you are preparing your kids for the first day of school or preparing yourself to dive back into work, it’s a busy time of year. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, remember that September can also be invigorating. The new season brings new beginnings.

Personally, my mental calendar resets in September.  Once I finish mourning the end of summer, I get back into the swing of things, ready to move forward and start fresh.  I look at this time of year as an opportunity to recommit to my goals — those that fell by the wayside throughout the course of the year.  So, here are a few suggestions to give September your all and to successfully move through the rest of 2014.

1. Accept where you are in the process. You may be well on your way to achieving the goals you set at the beginning of the year, or you may not have made any progress at all.  Wherever you are in your goal process, accept it and move forward.  Don’t beat yourself up.  This month offers the opportunity to start new! Believe in yourself. Remember, it’s never too late.

2. Re-set your goals. Use this month as an opportunity to re-affirm your goals — or, possibly, adjust them.  Over the course of the year, your goals may very well have changed.  Take a look at where you are in your life NOW to help determine what you can achieve by the end of the year.

2. Start small. Maybe you decided to change your diet as part of your resolutions for 2014. Maybe you decided to start exercising.  Maybe you decided to change your career. Maybe none of these things happened.  If that’s the case, now is the time to get back on track and try to make a change.  Start small.  Rather than completely overhauling your diet, eliminate one unhealthy item. Rather than jumping into a daily exercise regimen, start out by exercising once a week. Rather than quitting your job, start researching new career paths. Small steps will make the path to success more manageable.

3. Make a daily “to do” list. Make a daily “to do” list to help organize your goals and the steps you can take, daily, to work towards them.  Wake up each morning prepared to cross something off of your list.

4. Surround yourself with positive people. We all need a positive support system — people who build you up and encourage you to move forward.  Positive energy is productive, negative energy is not.  Eliminate the negative. Surround yourself with people who genuinely believe in you and support you.  Friends and family that cheer you on are not just important, they are essential.

5. Track your progress. Whether you keep an old-fashioned, hand-written journal or track your success and progress on social media, being able to look back at what you’ve accomplished is exhilarating. In fact, it will motivate you to continue on a path to success, whatever that may be.

6. Take pride in your success. Remember, you are ultimately in charge of motivating yourself. So take pride in even the smallest victory. Share your success and be proud.

7. Inspire others. What better gift can we give others than inspiration? Living and succeeding by example is motivating, so share your journey with others.  Your success may very well inspire someone else to achieve their goals, or to at least set themselves on a path towards achieving their goals.