For me personally, Fall is the season to refocus. Especially if you’re feeling unmotivated or stuck in a rut. Most of us wait until January 1st to make new commitments and we call it; “New Years Resolutions”. But consider how much easier it is to make new commitments, or resolutions at the beginning of a brand new season!
Don’t wait until January
There’s excitement with Fall. You can see it and you can feel it. There’s no reason to wait until January and put off the things you’d like to either, accomplish or start putting into practice for yourself. One of the benefits is, by the time January rolls around, you’ll have a head start and you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Instead of accumulating this huge list of all the things you want to start, or want to change, start on it now. You’ll be a lot happier and you’ll be able to see the progress you’ve made by the start of the new year.
I just sent out a email to my newsletter subscribers the other day about this very topic, and it got a lot of amazing replies. If you’re interested in joining my newsletter, I’ll leave a link right here. Okay, so every list like this includes exercise, but I’m not gonna start there. I wanna start with things that go a little deeper than that. First on my list of how you can make a fresh start is to be more spontaneous.
Be more spontaneous
I made a somewhat controversial video on spontaneity just last week. I say that because it’s the only time I’ve had a video demonetized by YouTube. Apparently I say “SEX” too many times in that video or something, I don’t know… they won’t tell me why. I’ll leave a link to it here so you can check it out after watching this video. But starting to be spontaneous is a great way to make a fresh start. Because once you realize that the thing you’re afraid of doesn’t happen when you do something spontaneous, you’ll learn to trust yourself and trust your gut more.
Start small. Drive a different route to work. Get take-out from a different restaurant. Take a 4-hour road trip to that really cool place and get a room or an Air BNB for the weekend. Be receptive and say YES to more opportunities that present themselves. I’m telling you right now, you’ll meet cool people and have cool experiences.
Another thing you can do is get organized. Seriously.. take a look around your work space, your car and your home. Are you always loosing stuff or misplacing things? Here’s the deal, if more than 3-4 times per week you can’t find the thing you’re looking for…. You gotta come up with a system to get more organized. Because how stressful is it to always be looking for the thing you need. Especially if you’re running late.
Organize your closet by color. Put all your short-sleeve stuff together and all your long sleeve stuff together. Clear out a drawer and always put your sunglasses and your wallet in there. Or put a nail in the wall and always hang your keys on it. Buy three phone chargers if you have to and always keep one in your car, one by your bed, and one at your desk and never move them. It takes a little time to get used to, but I promise that if you start this and keep it up, you’ll stop loosing stuff, and you’ll be a lot happier.
Move your body more
Another item on my list is to move your body more. You don’t have to hire a trainer or go to the gym every day… that would be amazing, but its not required. What is required, if you want to make a new commitment to yourself, is to just get up and move. I’m taking my own advice here because personally, I’ve been stuck at my computer for the last few months and I haven’t been as active as I used to be. The result is the extra 10 lbs I’ve put on. I’m not gonna put this off and wait until January to make a New Years resolution. I’ve already started.
I’m getting up early and walking about 3-4 miles, then another 3-4 miles in the evening. I’m also paying more attention to what I eat, and I’ve started up another 16-8 intermittent fast routine. Moving your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself, we all know this. But my point is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make it something you can stick to.
Make a mental shift
Make a mental shift. Approach this Fall with an unshakable commitment to your goals and to yourself. Don’t wait until January 1st before you incorporate new commitments or new routines you’re been thinking about. Do this instead.. Consider September as your new, “New Year”. Progress and success breeds and motivates more progress and success. Once you see changes and start feeling better either about yourself or about a particular situation or area of your life, you’ll want more.
Whatever month or year it is when you’re watching this, if you’re looking for a fresh start, start now. Don’t wait. Start small if you have to. Be more spontaneous, get your ass moving, get your life organized and shift your mindset. And make that promise to yourself because once January gets here, you’ll be the one with a head start.