"If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one."
– Dolly Parton
I’ve been reading and listening to some interesting folks these days that contribute to the question I often ask of you…
“What’s really holding you back from the one big or small Reinvention that you dream about?”
Through my marketing agency – THE SHARPE ALLIANCE – I’ve had the great privilege of working with great companies and clients. For example, the amazing Diana Nyad (the epic Cuba – Florida swimmer) and expedition partner Bonnie Stoll on their venture, EverWalk.
From the moment I met Diana, I was riveted by her story, her laser-focused inspiration, and her incredible sense of what’s possible. And then I did it… I joined this incredible @EverWalk movement and am proud to say that I played a role in #EverWalkNation and the inaugural event of a long-term movement to get this country up and walking.
This seven-day walk from Los Angeles to San Diego provided me with the motivation, exercise, fresh air, and reflective time that I needed. I invite you to do your mind and body a favor and check out www.EverWalk.com and pledge to walk at least three days a week – join #EverWalkNation!
As I drove back to LA from our final Achievement spot in San Diego I was feeling particularly inspired and was listening to profound and interesting interviews. They were all touching on tips and tricks that promoted, motivating ideas, forming new habits, quieting those doubting voices in our heads. As I have been reflecting on this very moment, I wanted to share with you some wisdom, tips, and insights I collected that weekend.
Here are some tips and tricks - ideas that might motivate you and help you find your path to Reinvention! Featuring links to podcasts and websites from @DianaNyad, @KathySmith, @Dr.PatrickPorter, @MelissaAmbrosini, and @MelRobbins.
Whether you like it or not, we have habits! Habits are hard to break, but when you’re inspired by somebody like @DianaNyad and Bonnie Stoll who launched the largest walking movement in American history, you realize that it is our mind that can control anything we want to do. However, Once we’re inspired or excited by an idea, it’s a whole other thing to get ourselves teed up and active in pursuing a dream so that it’s more than just a vision.
Check out Diana Nyad’s incredible TED TALK to capture the essence of her journey and experience during the epic swim. Here’s a great interview/podcast between Diana Nyad and fitness guru Kathy Smith. In @KathySmith’s interview with Dr. Patrick Porter, they too discuss habits, retraining our minds, and creating tips and tricks for breaking old habits and forming new ones. A lot more great content from Kathy Smith can be found at www.KathySmith.com.
First, you have to question what’s actually holding back your Reinvention. Is it those voices in your head that are making you doubt your worth? Is it whether the idea that you have is even viable? As Melissa Ambrosini says in “Mastering Your Mean Girl”… or your Bad Boy,
If it is, it’s time to recognize what those voices are actually saying to you so that you can isolate and quiet them.
It’s not those around us that stop us. It’s usually us – but we don’t realize how severe of an impact these voices have and how to control or quiet those adverse messages. Take a look and listen to what @MelissaAmbrosini has to say about all of this… ww.melissaambrosini.com.
Mel Robbins said it best on TedX, “It Takes 5 Seconds to Change Your Life”. @MelRobbins is a life coach and is widely respected for her grab-’em-by-the-collar advice and tough love. Robbins drills through the mental clutter that stands between people and what they want. Her approach is smart, effective, and entertaining. You can connect with her at www.MelRobbins.com.
Of course, these are interesting and motivational talks and interviews BUT, you have to find what works for you and who you connect with to provide the best inspiration for your unique Reinvention.
I’ve had the honor of working closely with Diana and Bonnie on EverWalk, and watching something epic take form. Participating in EverWalk made me realize what I’m capable of when I have a reason and the team behind me. There’s infinite value in being pushed to do something that is way out of your comfort zone.
It’s often about the team – those who might support our vision, act as a mentor, share resources, and provide advice. Think about who will be on your team when you’re embarking on a new journey, exploring a new concept, and Reinventing a part of your life.
The next step is figuring out how to retrain yourself and your mind to actually do those things. I believe that if the “will” is strong enough, we can do anything.
Do you believe it? Are you willing to commit to yourself if you really want to effect a change in your life? If the answer is “yes” then take those moments of confidence and clarity and bottle them. Remind yourself how worthy you are and how great your idea is. Run with it!
Once you have explored the links, clips, interviews, and websites shared through this blog post, check out my Podcast, THE POWER OF RE:INVENTION where I bring on a new guest every week to provide you with inspiration and motivation to fuel your Reinventions!