As the summer fun dwindles, September naturally ends up becoming the season when we pull up our socks and get back to being focused. With the kids back at school and vacation time over, for now, this time of year summons a fresh start with new goals to achieve. Even if you don’t have kids, the notion of buckling down to kick start personal goals is something that just seems to make sense during the fall. If you’re feeling inspired to set some personal goals this month, here are a few good reasons why fall is the best time to start your resolutions.
Time to Focus
Setting resolutions after the New Year may seem like a practical pairing. But with all of the social pressures and busy schedules that come along with this time of year, it can set you up for failure before you even begin. With added pressure from friends and family, often resolutions end up being based on larger expectations rather than your own desires and goals. By starting now, you can get ahead of those expectations and instead, focus on what’s really important to you.
We’ve all said it and heard it too many times to count: “I’ll start on Monday!” Except it ends up turning into the Monday that never arrives. Why? Procrastination. It’s one of the biggest obstacles that get in the way of achieving our goals. This can cause us to stress out, feel bad about not doing what we had planned to, which creates more delays and a clear path for failure. Rather than falling into a vicious cycle of avoidance, you can face it head-on by slowly starting today!
It’s Easier to Get Motivated
The holidays are filled with family time, celebrations, shopping, and plenty of other indulgences. So beginning a new and improved regime directly after it all can become a serious challenge and shock to the system. Thankfully, you can make it much easier to tap into your motivation by creating healthier habits now.
Minimize Holiday Temptations Beforehand
This can also make it much easier to resist those holiday temptations and indulgences. Because we all know that once you start, it’s much harder to apply the brakes. Creating strategies during the fall can give you the traction needed to gradually steer away from bad habits and take on new and improved ones.
Take Time for Yourself
The holidays are always a little hectic. With so much going on, it can leave little time to really focus on yourself. But during the fall with the kids back in school, you can take advantage of the spare time you have to start focusing more on you, rather than trying and failing to do it during the busiest time of year.
If you’re determined to set some financial goals this fall, allow our team at the Beacon Group of Assante Financial Management help you achieve them. We’ll sit down with you, discuss your options and map out a plan so that you can get started with your financial resolutions well before the New Year arrives. Get in touch with us today!