3 ways to make spring a time of personal renewal
Spring is a time for renewal — and often a reboot. We’ve been nesting all winter and now feel reenergized to move forward with our lives. Of course, this can be done at any time of the year, but somehow it just feels just right to do it when the first shoots are sprouting on the trees. We seem to have that extra energy and focus to take action and create change.
Spring is a great time to envision possibilities and begin to think about reinvention — sometimes in our relationships, sometimes in our career and work lives and sometimes in our diet and exercise routines.
1. For your house: Declutter your space
I got this tip from Abigail Brenner, M.D. in Psychology Today. I go through my closets every season. First, I move all the out-of-season stuff into another closet — I use my guest room. Then I try on all the seasonal stuff I just brought in and get rid of things that either don't look good on me anymore or I just don't feel they're me now. Less is way more, in my opinion, and it makes it so much easier to choose things in the morning in which you feel good.
Once a year (why not now?), I go through all my other hiding spots for "stuff" and do the same thing. I keep a large corner of the garage designated for "to be sold or given away," and then we try to have a yard sale every summer. If that's not for you, Goodwill is your next stop with that carload.
2. For your mind: Clear out mental cobwebs
This tip also came from Dr. Brenner: Spring is a great time to rethink rituals. Are there things I do daily that no longer serve me? This could be anything from self-limiting thoughts and habits to continuing to stew about the way things should be versus the way they actually are. I try to take time to reassess any number of ways in which I am just not helping myself move forward.
It's also a great time to make decisions you've been putting off. If not now, when? It's a good time to ask yourself: If I do nothing, will my situation be better (or worse) 12 months from now? A great quote I like to repeat to myself is, " A year from now you will have wished you started today," from Karen Lamb.
3. For your career: Consider business ownership
Focus on spring as a time of your new beginning, and resolve to do something you’ve always wanted to do but never felt it was the right time. Maybe now is your time to start that business you’ve always dreamed of, to say goodbye to the corporate world or to stop building wealth for someone else and begin to build an asset for your future.
Life is too short to allow yourself to be stuck in a situation that no longer serves you. Personal reinvention is hard. Things have to be pretty bad for you to overcome your fear of the unknown, but there can be great reward in taking the leap. I write about this more on my website. Transitions are a part of life, and most of us will experience quite a few in our lifetime. The best are the ones you initiate yourself. Controlling your own destiny through business ownership is one of the most empowering things you can do, so ask yourself: Is now your time?
Jane Stein is the founder of Your Franchise Is Waiting, a consultancy firm for men and women exploring franchising as an alternative career path.