Have you started your new beginnings?
To me, September had always felt like a fresh start. It’s the New Year’s of fall, the first note of a unique song. It’s about starting a new school year, experiencing the changing leaves and new tides in life and nature, and feeling like you can start over with a clean slate.
There’s something fresh about fall that you don’t get with the other seasons, or at least that’s how it makes me feel. I think we should stop making New Year’s the time where we improve ourselves and set goals for the year. There’s still three more months after September, so why not start now?
We should take a page from nature’s book and prepare for a new beginning. We have a lot more control over our lives than we think, so how can we succeed through the rest of the year? Prepare, Practice, Preach.
Know what you want to get done in the next day, week, month, etc. Find your goal, your purpose, just like a New Year’s Resolution, except in this month we can call it October’s Ode (because alliterations are fun). What’s your song? Write it down in large letters, say it in your head several times, know the steps you have to take to succeed (write those down too because you WILL forget them if you don’t).
Take the first step, and try not to make the deadline for it too far away. If it’s something quick, make an effort to do it right when you finish your list. If it doesn’t go exactly how you wanted it to, try again on the same day. Keep trying, but know your limit and understand when your body wants you to take a break before trying again. Go through each step in your own timeline, but with a little extra push so you don’t procrastinate.
Preach New Beginnings
Reach your goals and celebrate. It doesn’t matter the magnitude of your goal, because the fact that you’ve finished it and succeeded should be reward enough. It could range from cleaning your room to writing your first novel (like I did! *wink wink, nudge nudge, go buy it*). It’s about organizing yourself and pushing a little harder than you normally would. If you don’t think you can push yourself, tell someone about your goals and make yourself accountable to them.
When you succeed, you become a success story. You can push yourself and others to keep writing down goals AND crossing them off the list in an efficient way.
Waiting For Life to Start
This string of advice can be applied to any month of the year. You don’t have to wait for a whole new year to start to do great things. Learn to get yourself in the mood to succeed, because if you wait for the motivation to happen on its own, it may never come. There are so many times when people make excuses for why they haven’t done something yet. One of those excuses is that you’re “waiting for the right moment.” If you’re always waiting for that moment, you’ll never move forward.
“I’ll start writing tomorrow.”
“Once I’m thirty I’ll have everything figured out.”
“When this stage of my life is over, the next one will run smoothly.”
If we keep waiting around, we’ll never appreciate what’s going on in the present. We’ll always be looking to the better future we think we’ll have but did nothing to go and get it. I have many goals for my life, and sometimes the circumstances are out of my control. I’m a writer, a “starving artist” as my dad likes to put it, so I have to be pretty frugal with my money. That doesn’t mean I can’t go out and live life with my friends.
Day By Day
Life is messy and there will always be new goals and obstacles to face. If you keep waiting for the magical new beginnings to find you, you could miss so many opportunities. Having a plan for your life is great, but you have to be flexible. You have to alter your plans along with everything life throws at you.
While all this planning and messiness is happening, don’t forget to figure out what makes you happy. You deserve happiness now, not just ten years down the road when you’ve settled down. This is your life. It’s happening right now. Whatever your goal is, start working towards it. Even if it’s a baby step, at least you’re starting.
You can’t wait for your life to start, because it’s already happening. Enjoy every moment you have and don’t live in the future. Explore the world now and do what you can to make the most of every situation. Don’t live like you’re already dead, because you’ll have plenty of time for that later.
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