September is all about going back to school. Everywhere you turn the focus is on getting kids organized and set up for a new year of learning. Even if your children are all grown-up, there is something about September that stirs up the memories of our own back to school experiences.
I remember my mother taking the inevitable first day of school picture each year right through high school. I especially loved new notebooks and my annual vow to keep them neat and tidy which invariably wore off by Thanksgiving.
Whether you have school age kids or not, here’s what you likely are forgetting this September:
Back to school is not just about the kids.
For adults, September is a chance to remind yourself that you attend the school of life.
As a lifelong student, now is the perfect time for you to focus on two things you continually need to do.
Be a lifelong learner
The first thing is to learn something new.
That doesn’t mean that you have to enroll in a class although there is no shortage of adult learning opportunities. We tend to get into a rut in how we do and think about things. Sure sometimes we do things the same way we have always done them because it is productive and efficient. But more often we don’t change how we approach a task because it requires us to learn a new and different skill.
When was the last time I learned something new?
If it’s been awhile, then take a step out of your comfort zone and expand your skill set.
We also tend to look at things from the same perspective. There are myriad lens to look through when considering any situation. The more perspectives we are willing to entertain, the more opportunities and choices we have available.
Do I feel stuck about something in my life?
If yes, explore some new perspectives. Learning to shift how you view a situation is one of the most powerful skills you can develop.
Empower yourself with your beliefs
Learning something new is the first thing.
The second and likely more important thing is to unlearn something.
Gloria Steinem once said:
“Perfecting oneself is as much unlearning as it is learning.”
I’m not sure about the perfecting part, but unlearning is definitely a key in moving ourselves forward.Not everything we have learned throughout our lives serves us well. Chances are there are a few beliefs that you could unlearn. Click To Tweet
Not everything we have learned throughout our lives serves us well. Most of us hold beliefs that limit us and create obstacles in obtaining what we really want. When we hold a particular belief, we then take on the attitudes, behaviours and habits that support that belief. Chances are there are a few beliefs that you could unlearn.
Does this belief empower me or hold me back?
If it holds you back, then now is as good a time as any to start to unlearn that belief.
Feel free to take yourself back to school this September.
Learn and unlearn.
Start a fresh page in the book of your life.