In September, a lot of people get a melancholy feeling. Summer will soon be behind us. The weather will cool down, kids will be back in school, and leaves will start falling. Back to the old routine. But I’d rather look at this time of year another way—with hope and anticipation for what lies ahead.
I love the saying every ending has a new beginning. I always see September as a new beginning. Because I grew up in the K-12 public school system, completed a few years of college, and then taught at universities for more than a decade, I came to think of September as the start of a new year. No matter what had happened before—how many teachers or students I had annoyed, problems I’d had, or mistakes I had made—I gave myself a clean slate in September. The classrooms opened and the year began. I kind of translated that into my life; so to me, September—not January—feels like the beginning of the year.
The first weekend in September is Labor Day weekend in the U.S.—the last holiday of summer. It is dedicated to the efforts of everyone in the workforce who contributes to the greater good in our society. For many people, Labor Day is a day off from work, perfect for spending leisure time together with family and friends having a picnic or barbecue, going to the pool or the beach or the lake, or observing other traditions. I find it interesting that most countries have a holiday like this that celebrates working people. Why does this holiday exist all over the world? I think it’s because people who work hard for their families, employers, and customers deserve it! So put your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder and give yourself a hug—because your work is important and you’ve earned a special day, no matter who or where you are.
Time for me to get pumped up about what’s coming my way this fall—such a lot of things to look forward to!
- First of all, there’s always more thought leadership, innovative learning solutions, and nonstop inspiration coming from the brilliant folks in the Blanchard organization, led by our talented leadership team. Talk about a hardworking group of people!
- I’m eager to continue working with my son, Scott, on our upcoming book. Tentatively titled It’s Always the Leader, the book will explore Scott’s fresh perspectives on leadership. It’s a joy to work alongside him, exploring a topic that has such significance in both our lives.
- I can’t wait to see this year’s theme for Halloween (our favorite company holiday) and to learn what’s cooking for Thanksgiving (my favorite family holiday).
- I’m also really looking forward to the first week of December and the release of my new book with Randy Conley, Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook. It’s a structured workbook that takes a deep dive into our 52 lessons from Simple Truths of Leadership, challenging readers with thought-provoking questions, assessments, and other activities to help them apply what they’ve learned. Promoting a new book is joyful for me because it means doing webinars, podcasts, and other fun events.
Remember, life is a very special occasion—so don’t fret about summer coming to an end. Make your own list of work activities, personal celebrations, and important events coming up in the next few months. Every ending is a new beginning—and this fall is going to be fabulous!