Sooo, maybe this past year was the best! … or maybe it was the worst. Either way, the great thing about the beginning of a New Year is that we all get a fresh new start. You can make the good stuff–well, better and get a fresh start from the stuff that didn’t go so well.
Reinventing yourself can be one of those things that can seem daunting.
But, it doesn’t have to be if it’s done in small manageable steps. Here are some pointers for you to get the processes started…
1. The first step is Identifying what Brings you Joy and Happiness. After all, who cares about ‘reinventing’ if it doesn’t benefit your life in some way, right?
At one time or another in our lives many of us have lived a life to either: meet the expectations of others or made a conscious decision to stay in the ‘safe’ lane. If this sounds like you, its time to step out of the box and discover your real passion(s).
To help you get down to the nitty-gritty authentic you:
It starts by peeling away those layers that have ‘hemmed you in’- possibly for years. Identify the ways you or others have defined or labeled you: mom, sales person, financial analyst, daughter, manager, friend, nurse or any other labels. Now start listing the things you enjoy, outside of the context of the labels you listed above. Don’t think too hard about it.
You’ll have plenty of time to pare it down later. Just start listing. If you’ve been suppressing or ignoring your passions, or just chalking them up to your ‘side interests’, think about it like this… what would you enjoy being involved in for 14 hours a day. Everyday. List as much as you can and dont rush the process.
There may be a variety of things. Baking. Writing. Talking. Organizing. Helping. Cooking. Whatever peask your interest, excites you, or brings you gratification.
Once you’ve determined what brings you joy, spend a few days thinking about those things. Don’t fight it because it doesn’t fit into a certain ‘image’. Just go with the flow. Accept them and embrace them. Regardless of other people’s opinion of what you like- this time is for you to start embracing things you really enjoy.
2. The 2nd Step is to Getting Clear on What you want.
You’ve figured out what you enjoy. You’ve idenified some thing that you wouldnt mind being involved in for a majority of the day. Now its time to get really clear on what you specifically want and how you want to reinvent yourself. What skills, gifts or traits get to the core of the things that excite you would like to use in your reinvented self.
Kate is a financial analyst who loves the visual beauty of art. Although she doesn’t see herself working as an analyst the rest of her life, she does enjoy the mental challenge it offers. She would love a position that could offer a balance of both. Maybe working in an artistic environment in an operational or managerial administration position.
3. The next step is to Connect with Like-Minded Community.
The process of reinvention is not an easy transition. Make it easier on yourself by submerging yourself in a community of like-minded colleagues. Make more personal connections and . These folks will be part of your support network. Find balance by seeking out both local community and an online community. Remember community is key!
4. Find a Mentor, of-sorts.
Someone already successful doing what you want to do. You’ve heard the saying, ‘less is better’? The path to reinvention can be less work when you follow the footsteps of those you admire.
You may not be reinventing yourself to be mirror-images of them. However, if they have more experience in the realm you deisre, you can gleen a lot from their experience. I’m a huge believer of learning lessons from others, instead of by my own mistakes. It cuts your learning curve big-time. And, afterall, who has more time to waste?
5. Be Okay with Letting Go of the Former ‘you’.
The process of reinvention is a major transition life event. It will test and stretch you mentally, emotionally and most likely financially. So, it is important to be kind to yourself and give yourself time to really let go of all of the things that previously defined you. A new ‘you’, the better, happier you is emerging.
Don’t rush it, take time to enjoy the process of evolution & embrace the new you.
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