As the summer slowly winds down and we desperately try to get as much vitamin D in these last few weeks as possible, sooner or later our attention turns to the impending season change.
September. It’s coming.
For some of us with kids that is the best news you’ve heard in a long time. For others entering high school for the first time it’s the headline to a horror movie (write down your locker combo!). And for all of us, we’ve been conditioned to view September as the season of new beginnings.
Throughout our entire life, we’ve been looking to September as the start of a new school year. For some of us, 15 years or more of our life has been marked with this transition. I know that New Years Eve really tries to get you excited for the “New Year” - implying that something is actually changing - instituting all of our new resolutions, but don’t you think that if we celebrated the new year on September 1st, we would accomplish a lot more of those goals?
Think about it, in January there’s no real sustained detachment from work. I know we’ve had some time off for Christmas break, but, for some of us with large families, lots of travel, and intricate traditions, Christmas can become more work than play!
On the other hand, throughout July and August friends, families, coworkers and clients are using the majority of their vacation time to escape somewhere to enjoy the summer. As I’m reminded of the last day of school and the celebrations that took place, I realize we’ve been conditioned to relax throughout the summer as well. It’s the same for the business world too, as work begins to slow down a little bit as people leave their jobs early for the lake or to grab a good spot on that new patio downtown.
In the summer, we allow our minds time to rest, and more importantly to dream about the future. We take time, even if it’s not conscious, to think about our new goals for the fall and what we want to accomplish. It could be some extra renovations on the house, writing a blog post once a month, putting your boots to the ground and launching that new business venture, or even spending more time with a loved one.
When September inevitably arrives, everyone returns to work after their summer vacation, rested, refreshed and - if I can use a reference from my faux punk rock past - ready to throw down.
So why not start planning for ‘next year’ now? Take some time over the next few weeks and think about the next season at work or life and make a plan. By thinking one month ahead you won’t be unprepared for an opportunity that you never saw coming.
September. It’s coming.
““You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” - Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go
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