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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?