Dissatisfied or frustrated? Time for a reinvention
We’ve all heard of reinvention. It’s a buzzword that’s been around for a while and refers to any major change or transformation we intentionally pursue. With all the changes that have come as the Baby Boomers pass through various stages, we all should be masters by now.
Reinvention is often used when folks are looking for a career change. Or they may find themselves in the next wave of layoffs and facing the unemployment rolls. Their jobs may have become obsolete and it’s time to learn something new.
Newly divorced and newly widowed people use this technique as well. It’s especially useful when a lifestyle shift becomes necessary or more appealing. Perhaps it’s going from living on your own to sharing a home with someone else or vice versa.
If we're going to pursue any kind of personal growth, we have to be open to trying and learning new ways of doing things.
In the middle of health crises, reinvention can make a huge difference. We might be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time. That’s the perfect opportunity for a change. What can we do differently that would make a difference and what would it take to have that happen?
Or maybe it’s not a crisis and we just want to make a simple change – quit smoking or get more exercise or eat better.
Sometimes it’s beyond our individual desires and could be a revamping of an entire community or business. We are ashamed of the trash and litter in our neighborhood and decide to do something about it. We are looking for a more responsive government or more dynamic business and what we have just isn’t cutting it.
OK, we want reinvention. Now what?
Once we decide to take this path, where do we start?
- First thing we do is spend some time reflecting on what really matters to us. What’s important? What would have us eager to jump out of bed every day and get moving? What do we really want and do we even know what it looks like?
- We examine what’s working in our lives or the arena we intend to change. Then we explore what’s not working. What can stay and what can go? What needs to be trashed completely or what can be passed on to someone else?
- We make sure we’re crystal clear on what it is we want, even if we don’t know exactly what it will look like. You could want financial freedom, where money is not an issue and doesn’t get in the way of doing what you want when you want. But that doesn’t mean you know an exact figure of what that would be.
- And it could include, but should not be limited to, what we don’t want in any given area. For example, we know we don’t want to be fat anymore or lethargic. But what do we want? To be able to run a marathon? To have the energy to walk to the mailbox? To have a full, active social life with plenty of get-up-and-go?
- Next, we create a vision of exactly what we want. We talk about it, we write about it, we dream about it. We surround ourselves with reminders of what it is we want. We may make a vision board or a new reality collage. We share our vision with friends and family members. We even share our vision with strangers if they’ll listen.
- Some who make vision boards simply keep it in a prominent place and spend time each day holding it and visualizing their dream. However, it seems prudent to go beyond that – give the universe a boost.
- And that's when we get into action - committed, planned action - that will bring us closer to what it is we’re going after. We know what we want. We have a pretty good idea of what it would take to get that. So we make a plan and get busy.
- If we fail, we try again. And again and again. We may need to adjust the plan every now and then, tweak some of the actions. But we never give up.
Reinvention is not for wimps.
We'd love to hear from you on any reinvention you've negotiated and how it turned out.