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Thoughts for a New You
Reinventing your life is a Journey. It starts with a dose of creativity, some courage, and a sense of direction. Whether it's career, spiritual, health or hobbies, you can Reinvent any piece of your life without completely disrupting the other pieces and people in your life.
There are quiet reinventions and major reinventions, so no matter what your path, find your passion, spread your wings and make it happen.
Your life is calling! Happy Reinventing.
Can Your Passion or Hobby Lead to a Reinvention?
Can your passion or hobby lead to a Reinvention?
You may be searching for your passion but maybe you’re trying too hard. In my journey and as I interview people for my book and new TV show, I hear many struggle with finding their passion.
Reinvention is about having that “aha moment” – saying to yourself “I want more,” “I want something different or new,” “I deserve to have something fun and beautiful in my life and I’m going to re-prioritize”…now, what is it?
Finding you passion is a very lofty and ambitious goal and like your Reinvention journey, there’s a roadmap to get there. You can’t necessarily wake up one day and “know” what your passion is or should be. It becomes daunting and then you’re disillusioned that you haven’t got a passion and there must be something wrong with you. Then you stop searching for something wonderful that you can enjoy…a hobby.
So start with a simple hobby – no agenda, no long term plan that this is going to “save your life” or get you out of what you’re doing. Just something that complements your day-to-day journey. Cooking, jewelry making, play an instrument, create some art, learn a language, kite flying, knitting, cycling, rock climbing, start a collection of something… Allow yourself an hour or two a week to indulge in it and see how much you can nurture your soul and find interest in something that’s yours and special to you. You’ll mingle with like-minded people around something of interest to you all and you never know what might come from that – but you have to allow it, that’s all.
Often, as we get older, priorities shift and we start to let go of those things that are important to us – we take care of others in our lives, we commit to our jobs and careers, which often aren’t related to our hobbies or interests but are simply a means to an end.
We then justify why we don’t have time for the things that make us feel good and settle for a complacent life.
It could be that a simple hobby, something you can have fun with and enjoy may ultimately become your passion. Then you can figure out if that hobby can transform your life.
You may need to pull your head out of your phone or computer long enough to see what’s going on around you. Do you realize how much of the world around you you’re missing as you text and email while you walk around? You’re probably not always present in your real world environment, surroundings and human interaction as you’re searching, reading and engaging in your digital microcosm.
It’s a bit of a metaphor for the way we live – buried in the present and not looking up to recognize what the world around us has to offer. Perhaps if we dreamed a little more and recognized that we’re entitled to have our hobbies and dreams, our new reality could be just what we want.
I’ve been interviewing folks for my book and TV show and recently came across a story of a woman who discovered a buried talent as an artist. She didn’t even know that she had a talent in her. She wasn’t frustrated and didn’t even wish she could follow her dream. She didn’t even realize that she had a gift, but she stumbled upon it and she allowed herself to recognize that what she was doing was truly art. It took one or two people to validate their enthusiasm for what she was doing, and that just continued to feed her passion that just kept growing. Years later, she’s highly regarded in her field, is making a wonderful living and is fulfilling a dream she didn’t even know she had.
She was open and receptive to the fact that what was showing up in her life was something that she could nurture. She chose to make something more out of it and allowed it to flourish. This is remarkable.
So do something new, look for a hobby, not a passion and let it take you places unexpected. It’s good for the soul. It’s your Reinvention.
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My new blog just posted to the Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathi-sharpeross/reinventing-yourself_b_4615119.html
Are you ready to stop and get off the hamster wheel of life that’s just not reaching the place you think you want to go? Are you really living your dreams? It’s OK to want that. You know you can have it with a big wake up call to yourself, a dose of reality, and a passion for self-adventure
So when it comes to reinventing your life, isn’t it daunting to even consider how you might accomplish that? After all, you’ve been moving along for 20, 30, 40 + years in one direction.
The notion of a change of direction, a sharp left turn is exciting and even adventurous but really, not as easy as it sounds.
Nonetheless, exciting! So if you really wanted to consider it, even if just for a moment, wouldn’t it be worth it? If you could end up with what you wanted, living the life you only fantasize about?
It really is possible. You just have to be prepared for bumps, challenges, sleepless nights, awe-inspiring moments and lots of people being very envious of you for having the courage to take the leap and go for what you want and definitely what you deserve!
Oh, and the ultimate result – happiness!
So, this is a journey and it can be short for little reinventions, long and arduous for big reinventions but whatever you see, it can be yours.
I’ve talked in my blogs on the Huffington Post for the last year, about the lists, the journey, the action plans and I will say it over and over, you have to create your roadmap to get to your destination.
Think of something you’ve talked about doing for years but haven’t been able to accomplish. Did you make a list of your goals and map out the process and steps to accomplish your goal? Sound silly? Well it isn’t. It actually is like clicking on Yahoo! Maps when you’re trying to get to an unknown destination – you get the visual map, the step-by-step directions and the amount of time it will take you given the various routes you choose from. Notice that you also end up at your destination when you follow the road map!?
This is the same exercise only what you’re trying to accomplish is MUCH more important – this is your life!!!
So chart your course and own the life you want. It’s yours for the taking.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill CosbyEnjoy and #HappyReinventing Join the conversation, get inspired and more at www.TheReinventionExchange.com Follow me on: TWITTER: @KathiSR #HappyReinventing Facebook: The Reinvention Exchange LinkedIn: The Reinvention Exchange
A New Year’s Reinvention
This is it – the day that we all resolve to look at our lives and do something different next year. There’s no escaping it, it’s all around us and everyone’s talking about what they hope to do that will somehow improve the quality of their lives in 2014. Ironically, last year, I chose not to write a blog about Reinvention and share these thoughts today because I believe that every day can be this day. Reinvention is a great form of therapy and can be a good way to fight the post Holiday Blues.
If it were New Year’s Day 365 days a year, how would you Reinvent your life? The truth is, you can, and you are most likely to commit to it more if you start it any other day than today. Getting swept up in the mass fanaticism of making a New Year’s Resolution isn’t as powerful as your own day of commitment that feels right for you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great starting point and I fully support you. Just be aware of your intention and your focus to truly to commit to your Reinvention for all the right reasons – because it’s yours and you really want to do it.
Whether it’s a new career focus, a health kick, committing to volunteer work, more time with friends, traveling and expanding your horizons, going gluten-free, remodeling your home, kicking a bad habit – all Reinventions big or small are exciting and adventurous. Lucky you for finding something that you want to focus on and evolve. Determine how you can create the journey to accomplish your goals, find the resources and support system you’ll need, establish your measurement for success and create milestones along the way so you can acknowledge and reward yourself.
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The Evolution of Reinvention – Make that Roadmap – Enjoy the Journey!
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Reinvention is about evolution, not necessarily doing something over because you didn’t do it right the first time. It’s about what’s next, what else is there for you, how you can make your life even greater than it is now and perhaps try something you’ve only dreamed of.
If you’re a dreamer and have a desire to Reinvent Your Life, it’s time to take those baby steps. Taking baby steps isn’t always that easy. But with every step, you’ll get closer to your goals and realize there’s a way to achieve what you’re seeking in your life.
So often it is fear that stops us from making a change. No matter how big or small, fear is the one thing that most folks are really inhibited by.
Some people interpret change as a true adventure, but change can create a great sense of fear and panic. I’m fortunate to have grown up with a lot of changes my whole childhood and for me change was an adventure so I know it’s easy for me to say!
The way to grow and evolve is to make little changes and recognize the rewards that come with it. For example, if the little reinvention in your life is to live more healthfully take one day and change the way you eat – cut out something that you no longer want in your diet – bread, pasta, sugar, dairy. Maybe don’t do it all at once – just try one thing at a time. If you want to exercise and get into a regular routine make a commitment right now to take a walk. Do it right now, when you’re done reading this blog. Do it for 10 minutes and pat yourself on the back for “taking action” and enjoy the benefit of how proud you feel for just doing something different for yourself.
Don’t put it off to next week under the guise of “I’ll start next week!” Empower yourself by doing something right away, no matter how small.
Next, find inspiration look for it everywhere – magazines, related industry newsletters, articles on the Internet, friends who have made interesting changes and reinventions in their lives. Look for ways to get inspired and find the little things that will help you the get to the next stage in your goals. Stay away from naysayers. They only wish they had the courage to take on the challenge of Reinvention and enhancing their lives the way you’re owning it.
Be around people who have the confidence to support you and that understand who you are and what our passions are.
Next -take the time to make a list. This is where it gets serious. Really give some thought to what you want and make a list. Take the time to write down what it is that you’d like to reinvent in your life. Is it an exercise routine, health-related, career and work related? Do you wish you could do more volunteer work in the community? Is it friendship or a relationship that you need to evolve? Is there something that you just want to enhance in some way to make your life better?
If you don’t write down your goals and dreams and set the intention for what you want you’ll continue to talk about it and think about it but never set the roadmap in motion. The roadmap, for any journey, is critical as it sets you on the path with a direction and a destination. You can change it at any time as your plans and results evolve and grow – it’s yours. You just need to have that roadmap as your compass.
Remember – “If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had.” Is that really what you want?
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BLURRED LINES – WHO ARE YOU? ARE YOU STILL IN THERE?
“Blurred Lines,” the song title that was all the rage this summer, is an interesting metaphor for how many people live their lives.
Are you open minded? Do you live with passion? Is your life your creation or someone else’s?
Do you have a clear cut definition of who you are and how you want to live? Have you defined your personal self from your work self? Are they one-in-the-same? Are you living your dream or someone else’s? Is it all just a blur and you’re simply treading water because that’s just what you do?
As Socrates said – “The unexamined life is not worth living.” There’s a reason he was recognized as an inspired and wise man that we still quote today.
We all know someone who is “stuck” in their lives and constantly sharing (aka complaining) about how miserable they are with something or someone. It’s usually fear that stops them from confronting it head on and figuring out how to move on. But really, what is “fear”? Fear is in our imagination and is a choice. We’re telling ourselves a story. It’s not real. It’s what we make it. It’s only as strong as the power and the voice you give it.
So how can you give so much power to something that is not real? How can your journey, dreams, passions and life fantasies not be more powerful than fear? Is the risk of daring and maybe failing, not so worth the reward?
How truly risky is that change and reinvention that you want to explore?
In my life change was always an adventure? Throughout my childhood, we moved to three very different countries and had to start over with new neighborhoods, friends, schools and surroundings. I loved it and took on each move with curiosity, a sense of exploration and an interest to build the next place in my life. It gave me the tools to have an appreciation for new things and getting to know something or someone from the beginning.
When tackling a new project, client, hobby, friendship, it’s with this same attitude that I embrace it.
Not everyone has the same feeling about change and reinvention. The unknown can be a little daunting for some but I encourage you to look at the reward, the upside, the potential outcome.
Take baby steps to get there. Huge leaps aren’t necessary.
If you’re just procrastinating, try not to let your TO DO’s get in the way of your WHAT IF’s!
Spread your wings, find your passion and embrace the beauty and excitement of “newness.”
If you find something you like to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
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Reflect. Recharge. Reinvent.
My latest blog – short and sweet – enjoy!
We have just celebrated the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur. It’s a time for reflection on ourselves and our lives. It’s is a moment that we contemplate our actions and behavior and its a chance to think about who we want to be in this world. A time to be open minded and explore the possibilities that allow you to be who you want to be every day.
When we stop everything we are doing we really allow ourselves to spend this time thinking. What are our dreams, passions, actions, intentions?
Its a chance for clarity and it’s unencumbered, without others, phones, tasks, obligations. It’s just you with yourself.
If you had that time, where do you think it might take you? How would you make your life just what you want it to be? What would you like to accomplish in a moment of reflection? Would it be a chance to recharge your batteries and focus on what piece of your life you’d like to reinvent?
Take advantage of those moments and if you need to, create them for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how rewarding and inspiring it will be.
Allow it – you deserve it. No one will give you that time, space or opening. Reinvention starts with reflection. Reinvention starts with you!
Finding your Personal Brand through Reinvention – Back to School – Back to Reality – Back to Project “You”
Yes, it’s “Back to School” time. Are you dreading it or are you feeling inspired and motivated by those dreamy, restful moments you’ve indulged in over the Summer?
Regardless of whether you enjoyed a long lazy vacation or glimpses of sunshine and soulful weekends, there’s no denying that “Back to School” puts a charge into the universe that says “get back to it all!”
So what’s your “all”? If it’s work we’re talking about this time, ask yourself a few important questions -
- Are you really doing what you want to do?
- Are you happy in you environment? Do you like the commute?
- Do you like your co-workers?
- Is the job/career challenging, stimulating?
- Are you paid enough? Are you making the money you want to live the way you want to live?
- If you could pick any job and snap your fingers to be in it – what would it be?
If your response to these questions are leaning towards “a lot of changes required”… then it’s time to think about how to make those changes – that Reinvention in your life.
Whether it’s personal, work, spiritual, – there’s always a reason to make the change in life – find something new to explore – discover what’s in you and what the next chapter is going to be.
There may be things you’ve been wanting to do for years, months…you keep putting them off but they’re on your “Bucket List” – it may be to clean out the garage, get a new job, break up from a bad relationship, donate your time, travel the world, climb a mountain, learn a language…these little things that nag at you are there for a reason but you’re not giving them a voice or a place in your life.
Feeling the passion, trying to get clear on what moves us – emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually – whatever it is that connects with us – that’s what we need to listen to – that’s how we start to understand our PERSONAL BRAND. Then we can communicate to the universe who we are and what we want – thus attracting exactly what we want and how to achieve it.
It takes some serious soul searching and exercises to understand and define your own PERSONAL BRAND.
What’s YOUR brand? Start asking yourself some simple questions –
- What do I like?
- Who do I like?
- What music rocks my soul?
- What music sooths my soul?
- When am I happiest?
- How do I like to spend the weekends?
- What is it that I dream of doing for vacation?
- Where do I want to go?
- What haven’t I seen?
- Do I like to write? If so, when did I last do it?
- Do I sing in the shower? The car? The living room? In front of others?
- Doodling – is it with some sophisticated talent? Or does it look geometrical and pattern-like?
- What color did I last pick to paint something?
- If it weren’t for money, what would I really be doing with my life?
Would you like to start the Reinvention process, but just don’t know how? Then read on… Read more
Bob W. was the highly successful six-figure guy, living large on Wall Street who had it all…or so he thought.
Today, he’s a professor at NYU, living on a salary that pales significantly in comparison to that of his former life. But his life is richer by far in so many other ways.
Reflection was the catalyst that brought him to a place of peace, fulfillment and balance that those who knew him, never would have believed he’d strive to want, let alone attain.
Areas of Your Life to Evaluate
Family – spouse/partner, kids, parents, siblings, extended family, Self, Spiritual, Health & Fitness, Emotional, Creativity, Interests, Hobbies, Passions, Friendships, Financial, Friends, Work, Career, Down time, Vacations, Dreams…
Daryn K’s Story – Create What You Seek – an Encore Career
Daryn Kagan is a big believer in “creating what you seek” and is living her dream “encore career” after leaving CNN. She likes to share her story and the fact that CNN didn’t renew her contract. Rather than ask “why?” it gave her a chance to ask herself if she really wanted to continue in the traditional news business and same career path.
Seeking inspiration in her next chapter, Daryn created a digital home on the internet where great and inspired stories could live. She’s the creator and host of the award-winning http://www.DarynKagan.com, a media company specializing in inspirational and motivational news content with a daily Web cast of stories that Daryn says, “Show the world what is possible” one story at a time. Read more