September started yesterday! (Just in case you missed it….)

EGADS! I can hear the echoes of “where did the year/week/summer/my life” go from here to the International Date Line. Same thing happens every year, though. Years start. They go on. They end. The year keeps going, the clock keeps ticking, there’s always the same number of days from calendar to calendar…and yet every time, at moments like this, we’ve all probably found ourselves saying the same thing at some point. Where did the time go?

And if you’re anything like me, it’s the time where the seasons change (for a lot of us, anyway!) and that moment of recognition pops up–a marker event that reminds us all that yes, time is still moving forward. It hasn’t stopped for you. And there are only so many days left before the end-of-the-year cavalcades of excitement engulf us all.

Now might be the time that you ask yourself: OMG, the year is almost over and I have accomplished WHAT in my business and life? What was I doing a year ago, and am I ANY closer now? Dude….

(Well, maybe I added the “dude” part….you might’ve said something else, and that’s all good!) 😉

Have you ever decided in a moment like this that something significant has to happen so that you can at least FEEL like you’re on the right track with things? You know, like what we’ve been talking about the last two weeks, the “next big thing” for you?

Nothing like a change of Season, Month, and a peek at a Year that is perilously close to its end to really wake you up. Big time.

And maybe freak you out a little!

But that’s OK. Really. No problem. We got this. We can make the rest of your 2015 worthwhile, fun, and inspiring while getting something major accomplished.

What I am talking about is deciding what you want for the rest of the year–just the rest of the year!–and setting those intentions. Then making the plans. And then, of course, getting it done.

Let’s see how.

-First of all, don’t panic! Nothing like a deadline to get you roused into freakout mode. But then again, remember, we’re just talking about your intentions and goals for the rest of the year. Not the rest of time. And you do have a good month or two to get something done, so if you focus on the most important points, that can be plenty of time. Really.

Think of it this way: have a sense of urgency, but not a sense of emergency. It all can be done. And it’s gonna be great!

-Second, let’s get a little bit practical. Take some time and look at what is really going on in your day-to-day life right now. Take account of everything. Day job, family, life, grocery shopping, Netflix binge-watching, all of it. Be honest–what are you spending your days doing, what is non-negotiable, what is absolutely necessary, and….what might not be?

When you know what you’re dealing with, it makes it a LOT easier to make “real”, tangible, doable plans.

But here’s the thing: be matter-of-fact about what you must do every day.  Taking a good hard look at it all isn’t meant bog you down. It’s not there to make you feel overwhelmed. Or to feel any misery at having to do “one more thing”.  We all have things that have to get done…but they don’t have to stop you from moving forward with your biggest dreams, either. And what better way to give your most precious projects their due time than to schedule them along with your other non-negotiable items?

(And not only that, such an assessment has always helped me not only decide what stays time-wise, but also what GOES. Because some things in your life have probably worn out their welcome….)

-Once you’ve taken an honest time-assessment, take a breather. Just relax. I know, I know…I just told you to write out everything you HAVE to do every day, now I’m telling you to put it all aside and just chill? That’s right! Why?

Because you deserve credit. Credit for what you already do every day. For what it has taught you. And for how far you’ve gotten in life so far. For all that you’ve accomplished and continue to get done.

Now, a rock star like you that can take on all of this and keep on ticking SURELY has what it takes to be a kick-ass entrepreneur, right? YOU BET YOU DO! So give yourself a break. And a cheer or two. You have done so much already. And you have all that you need to do so much more.

-Now…Your Business Plans: Let’s take a look at where you are right now with that!

Ask yourself:

-Do You have an idea that’s tugging at you? Do you have ONE idea that you’re ready to focus on exclusively for a while?

-Have you considered who it is that would benefit the most from what you have to share? (That is, who would your most cherished customers or clients be?)

-Have you begun considering how you’re going to start sharing these ideas and plans? For example, a website, a new blog, social media, or…talking to people about it? (Now, there’s a novel idea for the 21st Century!) 😀

-Or are you at a different place entirely? Or not sure at all? 

No matter what your answer to any of the above was, consider this:

-Regarding your Business Idea and Getting Started Goals, What needs clarification? What gap to you need to bridge right now in order to feel like you’re REALLY getting somewhere?

and (and this is IMPORTANT, people!)….

-How does it all feel right now? And how do you WANT it to feel?

Start making some notes and see what comes up. These are just a few possible questions to get you started, but there are any number of places where you might be right now, so go with what speaks to you the most. Start jotting everything down and see what comes up. Give it about 10 or so minutes…

What did you find out?

-Now, just one more thing…..whatever gap we want to bridge by the end of this year, let’s make it something DOABLE. Just for you. Because we all sometimes bite off more than we can chew. Sometimes the plans get a little big grandiose, and that’s great–I want you to dream big, of course! But for the moment, the most important thing is to set you up for success. And have an amazing winner shot by the end of the year.

We all know what really happens when the End-of-Year Vortex sucks you in. All of your good intentions might just drift off in all of the camaraderie and the chaos. And if your goals were a little bit too lofty they might get run over by a reindeer. We’re not gonna let that happen to you! We’re gonna finish strong–but we’re also gonna finish! So make it tangible. Make it specific. And most of all, achievable. (After all, if you meet your goal, you can always do more if you want to!)

So What is your End-of-Year dream goal? Think it could be finished by the time the snow flies? (If in fact it flies where you are!) Good. Put a date on it. I wouldn’t make it much later than Mid-November, but get it down.

And don’t get bogged down too much in it all! Have fun. Really. (I don’t think that this can be repeated often enough, y’all!)

So do you know what it is you’d LOVE to have under your belt before the clock strikes “end” on the year? Is 60-ish days enough to get it done? Remember, if you need any help with ANY of this kind of planning, it might be time for a Discovery Call…..going on ALL through September and beyond!

To your Rest-Of-The-Year plans!

17 Comments on It’s September! Oh, Wait….Is There Still Enough Year Left for Big Plans?

  1. Merri
    September 2, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    I love this! Terrific “Virgo advice”! I am printing this one out
    to have handy as a daily primer!

    Thank you!

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  2. Merri
    September 2, 2015 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

    This is great! Love the step-by-step, the sun’s in Virgo advice.
    I am printing this one out to keep!

    Thank you!

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    • Jennifer
      September 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Of course! Glad that you found it helpful! It’s a great month to get stuff done, huh?

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      • Merri
        September 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

        September rules! With the cooler weather and thoughts of harvest, it is an ideal time to “gather together” and get organized 🎇

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        • Jennifer
          September 8, 2015 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

          Yes indeed! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the next few weeks!

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  3. Wenda
    September 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm (2 years ago)

    There seems to be a tug-of-war between the business that comes to me and the business idea that I am wanting to develop. The business that comes to me offers compensation, but again and again, there’s no time left to develop my e-course. Even when I “time-box” it by saying I want to get XYZ done by ABC time … then I get requests for proposals, etc., and I focus on those instead. Need to split the time between my idea and what keeps the lights on.

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    • Jennifer
      September 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, it can be a bit of a struggle sometimes between the practical and what it is that we love to do….but at some point the shift toward what you really want does start to happen, and it gets easier to put the energy behind it. It takes some practice at first, but the more time and attention that the “good stuff” gets, the more support eventually shows up (even if it seems like it’s taking a while!) 🙂

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  4. Maggie
    September 3, 2015 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    Last year, I took the last 100 days of the year and launched a project I’d been wanting to pursue for a long time. It was a rigorous schedule because it required daily input, but I was so glad I did it.

    I think the thing that’s calling most strongly to me right now is to outline a book and get started on writing it. I don’t think it’s realistic to finish it before the end of the year, but it sure is feasible to start it.

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    • Jennifer
      September 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s great, Maggie! Seems like a nice round number to work with, doesn’t it, 100 days? And your idea to get the outline started definitely sounds quite feasible. I always find that there’s a certain amount of satisfaction that comes in getting to “a good stopping place” with something, you know, where you’ve done enough to feel as though it has really made a difference but at the same time haven’t stressed yourself over it. And I bet you could get to that point with this project by year’s end, what do you think?

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  5. Misti
    September 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE September for this very reason. It’s a natural time to take stock and make changes where needed. (I often also fall clean and re-arrange my furniture!) For me, I’ve got too many ideas in my head right now. At the moment I’m preparing for an activities fair to gain more clients for my teaching business here in Amman. I also want to get started on a fitness book tailored to riders that several friends are really pushing me to do. I’m putting together an actual schedule for the new blog. And this year, I really would like to do NaNoWriMo – THAT is a very intimidating and scary thing to me! No shortage of ideas or goals in this head of mine- now whether I can get organized enough to achieve it all is an entirely different question!

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    • Jennifer
      September 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah, yes! Sounds like you have a lot of fabulous projects! Is there any one in particular that stands out to you, even if only a little bit?

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  6. Conny
    September 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I am like a juggler and always have lots of balls in the air, often way too many of course. I am very sad summer is over because summer is my favorite season. On the other hand I am glad it’s fall because that means we will have foul weather which keeps me at the desk easier. When you live on acreage summer is a busy time because you have all these things you want and need to do that need to happen when the weather is good. Like the saying, you have to make hay when the sun shines. So I will sit down and figure out what I still want to accomplish before the end of the year, thanks.

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    • Holli
      September 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Conny, I am the same way – I always have too many balls in the air, and there’s no way for me to juggle them all well. So something always suffers. I need to sit down and figure out what is MOST important to me so I can focus on that.

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      • Jennifer
        September 8, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

        I know that feeling! It’s like making the “to do” list and watching it get longer and longer and longer until nothing gets done proper justice. Definitely helps to focus on one thing at a time, although it can be hard to decide on just one! But I always remind myself, too, that it doesn’t have to be just one thing forever….just give one thing a fair shake for a while and see where it goes. 🙂

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    • Jennifer
      September 8, 2015 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

      Glad that it has helped, Conny! Anything in particular come up for you? Would love to hear about it!

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  7. Val
    September 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! I always think of September as a new start. It’s the second wind for me that is only 4 months long. Long enough to get some things accomplished, but short enough to see the end of the tunnel – Dec 31. Loved your insights! Will keep them in mind as I push through to the end of the year.

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    • Jennifer
      September 9, 2015 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      Glad that you appreciated this, Val! The last quarter of the is a manageable amount of time, isn’t it? And it can set a person up with feasible goals that can produce motivating results as well.

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