Colorful autumn scene

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New season, new term, new month – whatever September means to you, it’s a great month for considering change.

September is the new January.  What?  I hear you say.  No it’s not.  It’s the ninth month of the year, not the first.  It’s not a time for changing anything, or doing anything new…or is it?

It’s the start of a new season – autumn.  For some, it means going back to school (we should all be back in the swing of that routine now).  Some people are going back to work after a holiday.  So, three examples of September being the ‘start’ of something – I’d suggest a great time for considering change.

Change isn’t easy though, whenever you decide to do it or for whatever reason.  It needs some determination, some commitment and even, dare I say it, sometimes it needs you to take a leap into the unknown.  Scary stuff.

The first step, deciding what you want to change can be incredibly easy or incredibly hard.  In the first instance it may be that you are absolutely clear, and therefore it is easy:  I want to change my job/career/partner/life.

Or if it’s the latter (hard), it could be that you know you’ve got to make a change in order to achieve a better work-life balance, be happier, have more money, but you are not really sure.

If you’re in either of these places in September, it’s a good time to take stock and do a bit more thinking (remember the August blog? If not – have a read here).  Asking yourself these questions may go some way to helping you find some answers:

  • What do you want?
  • Where are you now?
  • What have you got now that will help you get what you want?
  • If you get what you want, how will that be better than where you are now?
  • How will you know when you have achieved what you want?
  • What obstacles internally and externally might stop you getting there?
  • What’s the first step you need to make and when? What support do you need?

Good luck!