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C'est la rentrée!

The summer's nearly over and we are facing the 'back to school' period. How does that make you feel? Do you remember how you felt when you were actually going back to school? For most of us it was a mixture of excitement and regret – we looked forward to seeing our friends again but knew we'd miss the freedom from routine (and homework!) that our holiday had brought. Are you anticipating a reduction of freedom as autumn comes on? Maybe you've been enjoying the recent heatwave and you aren't looking forward to the cooler, shorter days of autumn. It's true that something happens to us as the season changes, so how are you preparing yourself to go 'back to school'?

We know that this year is zipping by but we still have four clear months before the end of the year. So how can you make sure that you get what you want by the end of December?

Here are some practical steps to take.

Set aside some time to think about and answer each question. I suggest you write down your answers as this helps you get really clear and it also impresses your intentions on the brain!

1 Acknowledge where you are now and how far you've already come this year. Think back to the goals you set in January or the resolutions you made in the New Year. How many have you achieved? Don't judge yourself for the things you haven't done yet; praise yourself for how far you've come.

2 Re-examine the goals you set then. Are they still appropriate for you? If they aren't, what goals do you now want to set for yourself? If you've achieved all your goals, what new goal(s) do you want to set for yourself? What do you want to achieve by 1 Jan 2012? Remember to think about your whole life, not just work or finances!

3 Recommit to your goals. Be clear and specific. Write down your new goals. State your intentions out loud if possible as this will increase their power. You can make things happen, for you have the ability to create what you want in life. Repeat your intentions daily

4 Be careful of the way you say things as your words (and the feelings behind them) help to create what's happening in your life. Listen to what you say to yourself. Is your language positive and empowering or negative and disempowering? Make sure you choose the road to empowerment!

Good luck!


Thursday, 8 September 2011    Section: Careers    Author: Kate Cobb
Article tags: return empowerment
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