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Intentionality and that back-to-School Feeling

Intentionality & That Back-to-School Feeling

Jen Ayres wonders why we should limit our resets to once per year – September 2021

Whilst the thought of summer ending and having to go back to school was never something I looked forward to, when that first day began I always felt the buzz of a brand new term – writing my name on a collection of blank exercise books and discovering what we’d learn that year. Each new school year was another step forward. The year would pass and we’d move a year closer to graduation, to the next stage of life. Progress was a given.

As an adult I don’t get that automatic sense of new beginnings in a work context every year.  January 1st for me is about personal change but I don’t have a career equivalent and there’s no reason why not. In fact, I think it’s crucial and why would we limit this refresh to once per year? Why not have a quarterly reset? Even if we’re heading back into the same role we can attack the next season with fresh intentionality.

I’ve learnt through Zen Leader that it’s not external factors that hold us back, but what we carry with us. So, as we head into autumn what do we want to be taking with us? What do we want to drop? What intentions do we want to set that will give us a new take on an existing situation? What needs to shift in each of us to let go and move forward? If you’re ready for a challenge, take another look at the 10 flips for inspiration to see what resonates with you right now or check the upcoming Zen Leader programmes if you’re looking for some extra support.

For me, autumn 2021 is about intensifying my zen practice and leaning further into Flip 8 – from ‘It’s all about Me’ to ‘I’m all about it’ – focusing on creating value for the people I serve in my business and letting go of the worries and self-doubt that arise when my focus shifts internally. If you’re setting your own intentions for the next quarter, we’d love to hear about them and if you’re feeling ready to publicly own them add a comment on this blog post on the website HERE.  

As the outside world turns wonderfully autumnal, let’s see what changes we can bring to enrich our own.

Jen Ayres first attended a Zen Leadership program in 2018, which had an immediate and major impact on her life during a very difficult time. She’s (slowly) breathing into Zen practice, gradually understanding just how beneficial this practice is and sharing her journey with all of us.


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Published on Sep 06 2021

Last Updated on Oct 04 2021