5 PERSONAL YEAR
4 Personal Month
This is a year devoted to change. Are you with me? What a year—made for adventure and progressive activities—where new and “different” people cross your path and open up your viewfinder to include new ideas, new people, and new experiences. Undoubtedly you’ve been met with some moments of paralyzing fear and yet—move over crusty ole’ fear-filled thoughts—get ready for some real and permanent changes!
The focus for the month is on concerted work, attending to details, redefining your identity, and spiffing up your reputation.
August might throw a little mud into your spokes, though. The focus for the month is on concerted work, attending to details, redefining your identity, and spiffing up your reputation. It’s going to feel like a more serious four-weeks for you, and so it is. Your tasks for the month include eliminating chaos and indecision—and focusing on organization, constructive solutions, and clearly defined goals. Yes, I know. Goals. Clearly defined. Not really what you’re jazzed about focusing on during your fun-filled 5 Personal Year—unless you’re a “Type-A” personality and all this freewheeling energy is driving you nuts. Then this will feel like a welcome respite from the constant whirl.
This is the month designed to afford you the opportunity to set priorities, move past drama and emotion-based pettiness, and get your life on the track you desire.
Understand this: Change is what the year holds for you and you’re past the halfway mark. It’s time to look up and see where you are and what you’re doing. This is the month designed to afford you the opportunity to set priorities, move past drama and emotion-based pettiness, and get your life on the track you desire. The energy of your year is not just about fun and frolic—even though it can be full of that lovely energy as well. It’s about transitioning and transforming through some dramatic and lasting changes—and this means a permanent change in your way of living, feeling, doing, and thinking.
Yet the energy of the 5 is also—primarily and paramount—about the constructive use of freedom. And embracing and acting upon your sense of freedom through self-discipline. “Freedom” doesn’t mean running around and doing anything you want anytime you want. Real freedom requires focused effort and a disciplined approach to getting what you want and sharing the gifts you have to give.
So August is going to feel like that stern 4th grade teacher who made you stay in from recess in order to finish your assignment that you didn’t hand in. Yet don’t blame the teacher—make sure you level the responsibility where the responsibility needs to land. It’s time to alter your approach and your attitude about the more foundational aspects that your life needs to solidify before you can move forward with a firm foundation. You might even (gasp!) have to cancel some of the lighter activities you were looking forward to this month in order to take care of business.
“Freedom” doesn’t mean running around and doing anything you want anytime you want. Real freedom requires focused effort and a disciplined approach to getting what you want and sharing the gifts you have to give.
Understand that the energy of the 4 responds like a well-trained dog to positive and focused effort and reinforcement. It takes determination—if not a smidge of courage—to look a particular ongoing problem you’re experiencing in the face and realize that it’s your misstep and that you’ll continue to repeat the error again and until you take full responsibility and make every effort to own it and come to terms with it. Part of the energy of the 4 also brings similar experiences over and over again until they are changed, discarded, or mastered.
Remember that the energy of the 4 is all about engaging with—and overcoming—limitations. So any limitation you’re feeling strongly this month is your engraved invitation to change not the limitation itself—see if you can change the fear of change. You might consider August to be a challenging month. Yet the obstacles you face can also offer ample opportunity to expand your sense of yourself, your level of self-acceptance, and the chance to dig your heels in when need be and take control of the practicalities of life.
If there’s any way to side step some of the more mundane home-related tasks during the weeks of August 2nd and 20th, that would be a good idea.
If there’s any way to side step some of the more mundane home-related tasks during the weeks of August 2nd and 20th, that would be a good idea. You might find dealing with the petty annoyances (like changing light bulbs, cleaning the carpet, or dealing with the kids’ carpool) may feel irritating or strangely restrictive now. If you can put some of these activities off, so be it. Just know that when you feel annoyed, keep your good humor at hand. Delays and postponements are to be expected in a 4 month. Use your time to check in with yourself. What needs a shake-up in your life? This year is all about the unusual. How can you incorporate the freedom that you seek into your daily routine? If there’s ever been a better time to sit with that question, make a list, and put it into your “intentions” spreadsheet, August is it.