September is officially the new January. After the fun of the summer months, there's a collective feeling in the air that it’s time to get back to business! Whether you’re returning from vacation, have just started a new year of college or are just feeling motivated to make progress at work this month, here's why we think now is the best time to set new goals...
The Back To School Mindset
No matter how old we are, somehow that back to school mindset has stayed with many of us. For a large part of our lives, it was a time of new beginnings, and there's an amazing opportunity in continuing to captivate on this feeling. Take the time to re-evaluate what you would love to achieve before the end of the year. Do you want to take on a new physical challenge? Tune back into a healthy diet after an indulgent summer? Or to make progress on important projects at work? It's time to find that spring in your step again, as if you’re ready and raring to start a new year of school.
Why is setting goals so important? Because science says so! That's right, researchers have found that people who set small, manageable goals and targets will make greater achievements than those who don’t. So it might not be a waste of your time after all! Instead of setting unrealistic goals at the start of the year and giving up halfway, try to set mini targets throughout the year and re-assess them regularly.
You’ve Got 4 Months Left
Locking down new goals – especially financial ones – in September means you actually have time to gain some traction before the end of both the calendar & financial year. Hustle through the next 4-months so you can enjoy the holidays with smug satisfaction!
The change of season is somewhat of a mid-year landmark, and provides a great turning point or new slate. If summer hasn't gone to plan, use September as a chance to find focus again and cultivate the new sense of energy you need. It's the same principle as having an Autumn or Spring clean out - but you're cleaning out your head instead!
The Pressure’s Off
Despite many people feeling the desire to get things done in September, it's completely different to the overwhelming pressure of January. The media bombardment and extreme social pressure just isn't there. So it's the perfect opportunity to do things on your own terms - focusing on what YOU actually want to achieve, not what others are telling you to do. Having purpose and reason is a surefire way to reap the rewards you want.