After four Summers here in Europe I now realise that the beginning of September is akin to the beginning of the year for many. It is the opening of the new school year for students at school and University and many people return from extended holidays in August. In Australia this was always tied into the calendar year over Christmas and January. It is no wonder then that it feels like a new beginning and a new adventure into the next 6 months.
Vienna really does become a ghost town with many fleeing the heat of the city for nearby locations where there is water or to the coasts of other countries, to beaches and islands where living in the water 20 hours a day is possible. For those of us left in Vienna, it is a nice time to easily gain a parking space and enjoy of the delights of Vienna without too much hassle.
So with this extra time for reflection, it is possible to dream and envisage the next six months of work, life and living in a foreign country. A country not without its challenges and situations for the self-initiated expatriate.
I am looking forward in particular to a couple of things that I aim to bring to life in the next six months. The first is several Mastermind groups with the help of my mentor. We are inspired by the words and work of John Maxwell, who is a leadership author with some 80+ books. His teachings and motivation surround a central message that we are capable of growth when we are intentional about it and when we put together a daily routine and balance that supports this growth. We aim to, with the help of particular books by John, to help our Mastermind group participants grow and develop themselves over a 10 week period. Growth is individual and it must come from choice. The choices we make today and tomorrow and next week really will determine our futures. It is with this in mind that I will be launching this new project. Living the example I aim to teach.
I am also really excited to be working on a couple of online based projects. One in an app with a couple of other like minded Personal Growth individuals here in Vienna. We aim to launch this app by the end of the year with version one. It is based around personal development and your growth through challenges and tasks designed to help you explore yourself.
My other online project is to create an online course. Instead of an e-book or free give away, I will be pouring my ideas and self into the area of Stage Anxiety. Whether your anxiety is in the boardroom or on the stage, I believe firmly in the tools and exercises I have developed over my career as a singer and now as a Personal Development Trainer. These tools could be the way you reduce your anxiety and allow your butterflies to fly in formation.
So while it is not yet Christmas and the traditional new year and beginning I have experienced in Australia, it feels like the time it ripe for new energies and ideas to manifest. For new adventures to begin where I can help others to become more authentic and a better versions of themselves.
Please get in touch with me if one of these projects appeals to you and you would like to be involved in the some way. There is always room for help in many ways and for you to become a better version of yourself.
David Corcoran is a Personal Development Trainer who specialises in Voice and a professional Opera Singer. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.