Catch Your Second Wind

For some people Fall is the beginning of the end. We're nearing the end of the year, leaves are falling, gardens and flowers are dying off, before we know it the holidays will be here. But Fall is also a time when a lot of thing start, or re-start, like school, classes, organization meetings and events. Summer break is over and people are back to business.

Which means Fall is a great time for renewal. It's an opportunity to catch your second wind before the end of the year. Slow down, take a deep breath, and take stock of the year so far. You've probably finished some things that you planned on, but there's still time to tackle something new or wrap up something that isn't quite done yet.

Maybe there is just one more big project at home or work you'd like to check off this year. There's still a few months left in the year to get it done, or at least make good progress. Or maybe there's a project that's been dragging on for a while,  something you've just run out of steam or lost your enthusiasm for. Take a hard look at what's going on, see why you've come to a standstill. It may just not be important to you anymore; if so, write it off and move on. But if it is still important, figure out what's going on and how you can get it moving again. If you've made good progress already, you can still accomplish a lot by the end of the year.

Take stock, decide what still needs to be accomplished in 2009, and catch a second wind! That's what I'm doing in October.