I love September. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love it because it’s like a little mini-January. When we’re kids, we make that shift from the end of the summer to the start of school, getting ready for the new school year, and setting new goals to accomplish. I carried that into my adulthood and I love just assessing where I am in my life and what I want to accomplish between now and the end of the year.
Trust me, you can accomplish a lot in the next couple of months. So, let’s get excited about this!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
I’m going to give you five things to think about when you start to set some goals to accomplish and then we’ll dig into these over the next couple of weeks because I am really a queen of habits. I am super consistent and my consistency in my habits freed up my time to do a lot of other things.
Now, before we start, the first thing I want to say to you is:
I don’t want you to beat yourself up about what you think you should have done over the summer. No should-ing on yourself. It’s just a waste of energy. And looking back and wishing you had done things differently, is a real loss of mental energy. The past already happened and there’s a lot of good that came out of it. You’re here right now and you’re in a space where you’re ready to set some goals, which means you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. So, let’s start!
1) Gratitude and Appreciation
Have some gratitude and appreciation.
Practice some gratitude for where you are right now. Do not skip this step. Think about moving forward from a place of appreciation, and being excited about where you’re going vs panicking that you aren’t where you want to be and coming from a place of scarcity and feeling like you’re behind.
Bottom line is – you’re going to do the work anyway, to get to your goals. You can either do it from a place of feeling like you’re not enough and you haven’t done enough OR you can do it from a place of feeling super grateful for all that you have exactly where you are.
There are different seasons of the year. There are different seasons of our life. Embrace them. Personally, I like to journal and I encourage you to do the same.
Do a journal of the summer:
- what were the highlights for you
- what did you really love and appreciate about the summer, etc.
What you focus on expands and if you believe great things are coming to you – they will.
You’re going to start to journal the key areas of your life and I want you to start with your health. Health is number one. So, think about your exercise, your sleep, your diet, your energy levels, and your hormones; really do an assessment of where you are and where you want to go. Health is a constant moving target and this is the only body we have to work with. So, go ahead and assess that as well as other areas of your life:
- your relationships
- your social life
- fun activities
Assess all of those, have gratitude for where you are, and think about where you would like to be in the next 30-60-90 days.
Start to look at your calendar and see where there are pockets of time. When do your kids go to bed? Do you want to do a little bit of work after that? When are you most productive? Can you block out some time then?
You will start to fill in those blocks with your goals, but if you don’t start to block the time, you’ll never get it done. You cannot hit your goals if you do not have the time to do the activities that lead to the goals. You either have to create more time or you have to adjust your goals. They need to match up.
4) Scheduling Activities
After creating time blocks, the next step is to schedule some activities. Do you want to increase your physical fitness level? How many days a week will you work out and exercise? Do you want to create more marketing content? How many times a week will you do that? Do you want to spend 30 minutes per day commenting on other people’s posts? When is that happening?
You don’t just block the time; you schedule activities for each of those time blocks.
5) Getting Support
I’m going to encourage you to get support. If you find that you really struggle holding yourself accountable to certain activities, get yourself some support.
I’m a personal trainer. This is why people hire me, because they want someone in front of them to help guide them and hold them accountable so that they show up. So, if you’re looking for ways to get some support
- hire a business coach
- sign up for a marketing course
- put yourself into situations where you can be held accountable to what you said you want to do
When you say to other people what you are going to do, and you put it out there into the world, your odds of making it happen increase exponentially.
Hopefully, this has sparked some curiosity in you and if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me.
In the meantime, remember, you are magnetic and people are waiting to hear what you have to say.