045: September 1 is better than January 1
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September 1 is a great time for making positive personal change. I share the 3 questions to ask to make the best change for you.
Quotable of the Week
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Highlights from the Episode
What if I told you the best time to make a change for the better was September 1 rather than the typical January 1 with its New Year’s Resolutions? Who does resolutions anymore anyway?
I am starting from the point that there is power in choosing a date and making a change starting then. Otherwise, the change continues to get push off until tomorrow and tomorrow never comes.
With that point out there, the next question becomes, “Why September 1?” I’ve noticed that September is the time when life gets busy. It seems most people are done with vacations and trying to get as much done before the holidays kick in. There’s a little breathing room leading up to Labor Day. This breathing room is perfect for some reflection, decision making, planning, and actual steps toward a positive change or two.
Let’s pretend you buy this line of thinking and want to make some positive changes in your life, starting September 1. The possibilities of what you could choose to change are endless. To help you decide, here are my top 3 questions to ask yourself.
The 3 Questions to Ask
- What has caused me the most stress so far this year? – Make a list. It could be 1 thing or 100 things. What activities do you least enjoy or create drama in your life?
- What has caused me the most joy so far this year? – Make a list. Maybe put this list next to the first list. Again, this could be 1 thing or 100 things. What activities do you love doing and can’t get enough of?
- How can I have less of #1 and more of #2? – Be creative here and do what you can. It might mean spending the first 15 minutes to an hour of your day doing things on list #2 so that you start with some positive vibes before you have to do the things on list #1. It might mean finding someone else to do the things of list #1 for you (delegating, outsourcing, asking for help).
Here’s an example from my own life.
A couple years ago, #1 for me was email. #2 for me was writing. So I started spending the first hour of my day writing. I would write before I would check email. I also turned off email notifications on my phone. Still to this day I haven’t turned them back on.
This year, I’m having a hard time working in reading time so after I feed the baby, I hand him off to Brandon for tummy time and I read.
Here’s why this matters
When you do more of what gives you life and less of what stresses you out… You are helping make the world a better place. You are more likely to share your unique gifts with those around you. You are more likely to be kind and hospitable to strangers. There are so many possibilities!