The timing of Rosh HaShana , the Jewish ✡️ New Year, has always made a lot of sense to me.
In September 🍁🍂, most of us are done with summer vacations. 🏖️
If you have children in school 🏫 (something that is largely in my rear view mirror), September is a good time to refocus on work.
If you are Jewish, this is the season to take stock in what changes you would like to make in your life.
What will you do to be sure that you are “inscribed in the book of life” for another year?
How will you become a better person?
What positive personal habits do you want to cultivate?
As a coach, I also know that the start of the year is a popular time to make changes in our professional lives and in our careers.
In the last several weeks, I’ve had a lot of lawyers reach out to me because they want to build their practice, find a better career fit, or manage their firm more effectively.
For the most part, I’m not that observant (although the passing of my parents at the start of the pandemic did give the concept of the “book of life” new meaning to me in September of 2020).
What I appreciate most about the timing of the Jewish New Year is that it creates one more opportunity each year for a fresh start.
If you screw up in September, there is always January. 😜
This has been a great year for me professionally and while the meaning of Rosh HaShana is more about what I will do to be a better person, I’m excited for 5784 as I continue to focus exclusively on coaching.
And if I lapse somehow, personally or professionally, there’s always 2024.
Best wishes to all of my Jewish friends and colleagues for a sweet new year (and anyone else who is just excited about the promise of the fall!