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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.
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