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How To Use Autumn To Achieve Personal Growth

I've recently returned from a family trip to Forster, which is a few hours drive north of Sydney. It was wonderful to slow down and really be one with nature.

We saw dolphins swimming close to shore, rainbows and found the most amazing shells of all colours and shapes.

Every day I felt blessed to have had the opportunity to be with my family and to experience such beauty.

I noticed the trees were shedding their leaves and I started to think about the cyclic nature of life and how each season presents us with new opportunities.

The lesson of Autumn is to show us how beautiful it is to let things go. Now is the season to turn inward and invest your energy in what you want to see flourish.

So what do you need to let go of so that you can move forward or make space for what you want? Nothing is going to change until you find the courage to dig deep and find what it is that’s weighing you down, and eventually letting it go.

Maybe you're holding onto who you were told you should be rather than who you truly are. Maybe you're staying in a relationship that’s no longer right for you. Or, spending time with friends who no longer feel like your tribe.

But, while it seems beautiful for the trees to let go of all those lovely leaves, we rarely think of the letting go in our own lives as being beautiful. Often, we simply view it through the lens of loss. It hurts to let go, so we hold on, even if all we have left to hold onto are our memories of those feelings.

Autumn is a season when leaves let go and fall from the trees. As such, it is a time when we too can release what no longer serves us.

In clearing away the old, we are now receptive to the new.

So how can you use Autumn to nurture a new you? Here are my top four tips.

1. Let go of an outdated vision for yourself
As humans, we are always evolving and growing. We are just as cyclical as mother nature. Is the vision you have for yourself, still the vision to support your highest good? Do you have a personal brand statement? If yes, I want you to look at and it and ask yourself these questions;

  1. Is this the brand identity that best represents who I am and what I can do?
  2. Is this brand identity something that creates value in the eyes of my clients/organisation?
  3. Can I live this brand? 

If you don't have a personal brand statement, I encourage you to create one. It will give so much meaning and direction to your life and purpose.

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, or step back into safety.” - Abraham Maslow

2. Let go of the impulse to compare yourself to others
Have you ever noticed that not all trees are on the same time schedule? Each tree is responding to its own rhythm of life and so you should too.

There is no one else like you. Never has been + never will be again. So own all that you are. embrace your quirks, your faults, your amazingness, and everything that makes you, you.

If you have a clear personal brand statement, you will stop feeling the need to compare yourself to others. You'll be very clear on your higher purpose and your daily actions will be aligned to your journey. Remember your chapter two maybe someone else's chapter twenty.

Life is life and every living thing, including you, me and your friend, has its own rhythm and season for growth.

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way." ~ Marianne Williamson

3. Let go of the outfits no longer serving you
According to a UK study, it takes women on average sixteen minutes every morning to work out what to wear. Think about the amount of decision fatigue and mental space you can save by clearing your wardrobe.

Observe how the trees that change with the seasons don’t struggle to hold on to foliage. They need release in order to be complete in their cycle of growth, preparing for what comes next in their evolution as “tree.”

So jump into your wardrobe and get rid of the negative emotions. Your wardrobe is a place you visit every single day. Every morning when you open up the doors to your wardrobe it instantly speaks to you. As you look at that pair of jeans you haven't worn in a few years, you're subconsciously reminded of the extra kilo's you've put on. Then you glance up and see a top that still has a guilt tag attached to it and you are reminded of how you've wasted your hard earned money yet again. What does this do to your self-esteem and confidence?

As a professional woman what you pull out of this space is affecting you more than you realise. It’s affecting how you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror, it’s affecting how you perform in a meeting, it's affecting the way you walk and talk and your body language.

Remove all the garments that don’t fit you anymore. Even if you just take them out of your wardrobe and place them into bags.

If you still have garments with tags attached, work our how to wear them or move them on.

If you have clothes that you wore 5-10 years ago that hold negative feelings, it's time to move them out!

4. Let go of the need to fit in
Be yourself. Find your own path. Do your own thing. No one ever said that you had to do life the same way everyone else does it. Who cares what everyone else thinks? We definitely shouldn’t. We should be proud of ourselves, proud to be who we are, even if that means that we are not living according to society’s expectations.

So, my friends, what do you want to let go of? What do you need to release? Talk to me. Share with me.

Always in service to you.

Janette x

P.S If you'd like to chat about where you're at with your personal brand journey, 
just click here and set up a time. Speak soon!

There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. ~ Katherine Anne Porter

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