September. Already! As an ex-teacher, this time of year still has a special ‘new term, new start’ vibe about it for me…. combined with a mysterious desire to sharpen pencils and buy brand new stationery! (Or is that just me?)
For many of us it’s the time when the real world starts creeping back into our lives as we return from our summer holidays refreshed and ready to roll up our sleeves and get stuck into business again.
It takes more than sharp pencils and new stationery!
But as summer starts to melt into autumn, it can be tough to make the transition from a more relaxed schedule to focusing on creating new opportunities for our beloved businesses.It’s not unusual to find ourselves raring to go without knowing exactly WHERE it is we should be going!
Nope…. getting back into a regular routine is no easy feat and maybe you’re feeling it too! Maybe you’re thinking that it’s going to take something more than sharp pencils and a few new planners to kick-start your productivity, because the only thing you seem to have successfully kick-started is a whole lot of OVERWHELM.
Time to get grounded
In this morning’s yoga class my teacher was talking about this very thing… well, not getting back to business exactly but transitioning from summer to autumn. As I lay there on my mat trying to stop my brain from racing and thinking about all the things I want to accomplish, she explained that each new season comes with an opportunity to see things from another perspective and as autumn approaches, it’s time to get grounded and re-connected before moving forward again.
Grounding….reconnecting with your centre…. balance, clarity, energy and empowerment…. honestly, I felt a wave of relief just listening to these words! I mean who wouldn’t want to exchange their overwhelm for a bit of that!
Grounded… centred… energised
As tempting as it is to rush off in headless chicken mode this September, it’s important to remember that ‘doing’ isn’t what makes us productive…. it’s doing the RIGHT things. And to do that we need to first reconnect with the big picture because THAT’S where we find clarity, focus and direction.
The quickest, most effective way I know of helping my clients find these three powerful ingredients is with my visual coaching tool: the Magic Map.
The principle is very simple. It uses a series of questions designed to get you thinking about the key bits of your business. It then uses your responses to create your Magic Map – a visual snapshot of your ‘big picture’.
Together we then explore your Magic Map and use the clarity it provides to design the way ahead so you can get on and DO what you know you’re here to do. It’s the perfect antidote to ‘that September feeling’!
So if you find yourself ‘faffing around’ sharpening pencils, check out details of my Magic Map process and bring an invigorating shot of inspiration, focus and energy back into your business.