Map your Success to the Seasons


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Have you had trouble being on top of your resolutions and goals this year? Did you even set any? I am pondering a theory that I have long considered – perhaps our annual planning should not align with a calendar year? Instead we should look to the seasons for mapping our success.

Nature operates like clockwork – rhythms of activity that prescribe the patterns of our globe. Trees shed their leaves in autumn, and new buds appear in the warmer temperatures of spring. Lambs are born in spring and birds migrate in winter. Tides come in at times estimated to the minute. The sun rises and sets with the same precision – all in accordance with natures inherent system for Growth. Our bodies too, operate in rhythms. There are the obvious rhythms such as sleep and wake times. And then more subtle rhythms such as when our bodies replenish, heal and grow. When we adhere to these rhythms and provide ourselves with enough sleep, nutritious food, sufficient exercise; we thrive. When we push against these rhythms and burn the midnight oil, eat too much of the wrong foods, keep our bodies idle; we suffer. There is a pattern for nurturing our bodies, and so too, there is a pattern for nurturing our life.

Biophilia refers to the inherent human connection we have with nature. Unlike phobias, which are aversions and fears, philias are attractions and positive feelings. Our hard-wired connection with nature explains why you feel more grounded, calm, even inspired when in the company of nature. Simple activities such as watching waves, walking barefoot on grass, listening to birds or the wind on your face are enough to elicit your sense of connection. On a more macro level, Biophilia explains the sense of energy and anticipation that spring evokes, our need for comforts and early nights in winter and now I realise, the reason I could not muster new ambitions in summer. Goal setting in summer pushes against the rhythms of nature.

When we consider the robust growth cycles of the earth, and then the inherent human connection with nature, it stands to reason that for us to thrive and grow we should align with the intrinsic patterns of our globe. Lifestyle activities such as changing jobs, reviewing results, planning holidays, spring cleaning your home; will gain the best result when charted to the most pertinent time of the year.

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Autumn is the time for planning, creating and considering new ideas.
Consider these suggestions for autumn to get you started…

Home

  • Change the layout of your furniture
  • Plan a renovation
  • Chat with your family about their focus, plans and ideas for the year
  • Create a chores chart

Health & Wellbeing

  • Arrange medical checks – smears, dental, skin
  • Write a health and happiness list – sleep, supplements, exercise, journaling, meditation, cuddles, daily rituals
  • Set inspiring goals
  • Create a weekly plan, that incorporates what is important to you

Career & Business

  • Review results – forecast changes
  • Gauge your requirements
  • Clear your desk – set up new systems
  • Manage staff development and changeovers
  • Plan your new business idea

Take comfort if you have not had momentum for your goals – now is the perfect time.

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