Fall is a great time to turn over a new leaf in your life, career or business. Using the colours of the fall foliage as a fitting metaphor and backdrop, fall gives you the opportunity to see where you are and where you want to be in each of these areas. Each fall leaf has two distinct sides and each of these four colours can represent two different perspectives. Red can mean that you love what you do or are stuck or stopped where you are; green can mean that you are growing or moving forward or feeling a lack of confidence and experience; yellow can mean that you are feeling positive and optimistic or that you are feeling cautious and tentative and brown can mean that you are feeling warm and comfortable or unhappy and frustrated with the way that things are going as there seems to be nothing good happening in your life, career or business.
Take 30 minutes out of one of your very busy, action-packed and overcommitted day to sit quietly and do this three-step process to turn over a new leaf in either your life, career or business. First, identify which colour of leaf represents where you are now: red, green yellow or brown. Let’s say you choose a red leaf for your life. Where are you now in your life: do you love your life or are you temporarily stuck or completely stopped? If you love your life, then you may want to use the second step to turn over a new leaf in your career or business. If you feel stuck or stopped then do the next step. Second, identify which colour of leaf represents where you want to be in your life: yellow, green or brown. You may find that you end up choosing two colours. If so, then do the next step for each colour individually. Third, set three daily goals that will allow you to change the colour of the leaf representing where you are now to the colour of the leaf of where you want to be in the next 80 days or by the time winter arrives on December 21.
If you want to turn over a new leaf in your life and career or your life and business, you can approach this one of two ways. The first way is to do the three-step process for each area and then work on them simultaneously. This can be very challenging because, like multitasking, your focus and effort will be divided and your progress in one area will likely lag behind the other. A more productive and progressive way would be to choose the area where you are giving the most amount of time and energy and receiving the least amount of progress and productivity.
It often happens that people and situations in your life, career or business will cause you to turn over a new leaf. This sudden turn of events can leave you feeling uncertain, unprepared and uncomfortable. Rather than seeing this new leaf with fear and resistance, take your time, adjust your energy and embrace this opportunity. Whatever the colour of the leaf, give yourself the chance to receive the knowledge and experience that this leaf can give you.
Make time this fall to turn over a new leaf in your life, career or business!