There’s a reason that this time of year is thought of as our second new year. A new school year is a fresh start for kids but it can be for all of us as well. Whether you have kids or not, seeing the yellow buses on the roads marks a change of season and reason to get back to awesome.  Here’s how to make the most of it.

Take Inventory

There’s only a month left in the 3rd quarter. After that, we’re down to our final 12 weeks of the year. Now is as good of a time as any to take inventory of where we stand with our annual goals. How much work is left to do?

Get Focused

Gary Vaynerchuk posted a 2-minute video called August making the point that August is the month to double down on business because it’s the month that our competitors are taking time off. Think on that for a minute, if this is a time when our competitors are resting, isn’t this the best time to hit it hard? It’s time to get focused on what we have left to accomplish.

Make Your Plan

If you started your year with an action plan, now is the time to review it. If you’ve worked thus far without a plan, now is the time to make one. If we’ve taken an honest inventory and focused on what needs to be done, spending the time making an actionable plan is the best time we can invest.  Two weeks ago, I felt like I had hit a wall. I took an afternoon alone just to review my plan. The kind of clarity that that afternoon gave me is almost unbelievable. It’s a great gift to give to yourself.

Sharpen Your Skills

Taking a long hard look at my goals and my action plan, I realized that in order to reach my 2016 goals, there were things that I needed to get better at doing and skills that I needed to sharpen. If you look at your goals and your plan and see your skills gap, now is the time bridge it.  I need to get better at building my list. Maybe you need to sharpen your communication skills. Whatever it is, now’s the time to get back to school.

Ride The Momentum

Watching my kids step on the bus last week, I remembered exactly what it felt like to do the same. I think if we try, every one of us can remember what back to school felt like. There is a feeling in the air this time of year that creates excitement. Using the momentum of this time of year can make acting on our plans much easier. Ride that momentum and see your plans solidify.


In life, we get so few chances for a fresh start. Most of us see New Year’s as a natural reset but this time of year, back to school season, is another great time to start again. If we take inventory, get focused, make a plan, sharpen our skills and ride the momentum, we can use back to school as our chance to get back to awesome.

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