How to Leverage September for Success

Like it or not, September is upon us. While fall is my favorite season, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. I’m not a fan of hot and humid days, but this year, I’ve been playing quite a bit and want just a couple more beach days or afternoons by the pool. Maybe we’ll get some hot spells before the end of the month.

What I am excited for, however, is the energy that September brings. It’s that second-January feel that gets me all motivated and eager to plan, organize, and end the year with a bang.

To start, I reflect back to January/February of this year and see what I hoped for the months ahead. I look at my personal and professional visions and evaluate where I’m at on fulfilling them.

Where do I need to pay some extra attention?

In what areas did I knock it out of the park?

What, if anything, completely fell by the wayside?

As I review my visions, I make sure they still feel like a fit.

Has anything happened in the past eight months that changed things for me?

Have I gotten clearer on a goal or direction?

Did the progress I made lead me to an even bigger destination?

Do the things I’ve been working toward still feel aligned with who I am?

Our vision is always a work in progress. It’s not meant to be a life sentence that you craft once and must abide by forever. It’s an ever-evolving, living, breathing creation, and by this time of the year, mine has inevitably changed some.

It’s cool because whether I made huge strides or stumbled my way through, there is always something I learn as a result.

This year, the importance of playing the long game has become even more clear to me. I know I’m not alone in wanting instant gratification and that hasn’t changed. However, I can now appreciate that some things not only take time but that they literally won’t happen without some preliminary work.

In my business, for example, I’m getting better and better at planning and doing things further in advance so I can be of the best service to you and any future trailblazers. This has caused me to adjust some ideas and timelines in the vision I crafted at the beginning of the year. The old “me” may have seen that as a failure, but now I see it as a mature and important redirection in my plans.

While there is still some summer to enjoy here in the northern hemisphere, I invite you to take time this week to review where you hoped you’d be by now, see how any twists and turns may have actually been needed, and pinpoint what you’ll focus on in the home stretch of 2019.

If you’d like some more help on clarifying your vision for 2020 (which is perfect, right, cuz 20/20 is perfect vision. I know — cheesy), check out the webinar I taught in my membership community, Clutter Clear Your Life. You’ll find it under the Class Dashboard.

If you’re not yet a member, you can join us here: KerriRichardson.com/Trailblazers.

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