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Summer's nearly over - what next?

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain 

It’s great to take a break from work and the usual routine.  Not only does it do you good to do something different, it also creates an opportunity to reflect on what’s happening in your life and whether you wish to change something in it to achieve your dreams.  Those years at school have shaped the way you think about September – a new year is ahead of you and it’s a time to begin again and think about what you’d like to be different by next summer.

You may have noticed amongst your friends, family or work colleagues, that it’s after a break from the usual routine (often a holiday or Christmas) that they decide to change something about their life – get fitter, lose weight, learn something new, move house, get a new job, end a relationship or look for a new one.  According to this article, September is a much more popular time to set yourself new goals than January.

The actions of others can provide lots of inspiration. 

Here are 3 examples of exciting new beginnings this month:

  • On 17 September, Joe and Marcus of Brake the Cycle set off to cycle from Camden to Cape Town to raise a minimum of £30,000 for Otesha Project UK and Afrikids.  You can follow them on their adventure and sponsor them here.
  • One of my favourite writers on career and personal development, Michael Bungay Stanier, has just published his new book End Malaria.   It's a collection of 62 fantastic thinkers sharing their best insights, strategies and tips on how to do more 'Great Work'.  $20 (that’s the full Kindle price and most of the hardback price) from every purchase goes to Malaria No More - that's enough to buy a mosquito net and help support their lifesaving work in Africa. 
  • Jonathan Fields – an inspiring entrepreneur – publishes his new book Uncertainty.  Watch the video, meet Jonathan and download the first chapters of his book here.

What will your new beginning be?


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