Why ReInvent Yourself?
In my life and career I have noticed that many of us have times when we ReInvent ourselves. Sometimes out of choice, at others because circumstance dictates that something has to change. Often as change happens so we have to change ourselves – become someone different. Be stronger, more flexible, change our career, start a business, leave a relationship, build a new relationship, move areas, live abroad – the list could go on and on.
ReInventing yourself can be wonderful and yet at times it can be difficult and painful.
We don’t always know how to ReInvent ourself and sometimes we don’t even recognise that we need to. What most of us are really good at is knowing what we don’t want and seeing the negative parts of our lives. Getting stuck in the day to day and not being able to see where we want to go or how to get there.
We creep or lurch (depending on our personality) into our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s where values and outlooks change. So too does the world around us and we notice that physically, mentally and spiritually we too change sometimes happily sometimes not so happily. Yet, as life expectancy continues to rise, many of us wonder what we are going to be doing for the next 30, 40 or 50 years.
Here is an extraordinary thought:
Many of us have have worked in some shape or form for the last 40 or 50 years and here we are with the prospect of ‘not working’ (not in the way we might have known it) for the next 30 /40/50 years.
What are we going to do?
How many of us are asking ourselves that question….. As we lurch towards the life changes that different ages bring our very identity seems to be called into question. Our lives can be and sometimes still are, so intrinsically woven around family, career, business etc that as those things change so our identity may too become less well defined, slipping away from the certainty we once had. We may start questioning who we are, what we’re worth, whether we have the same value? We don’t want to be seen in the way our own parents or grandparents were viewed instead we are forging new ways of retiring, new ways of living, and new ways of looking after ourselves as we age.
Now, more than ever, we have amazing opportunities to do, see and be involved in things that we might at one time never have thought was possible. We just have to work out what we want, how we ReInvent and then grab the opportunities.
Take a look at the columns below and see what you recognise in your own life. Are you mostly 🙁 or 🙂 ?
You’re not happy with where you are right now.
Your relationship isn’t so good.
You don’t know what you want.
Everything seems grey.
Life is changing – you can’t get a handle on it.
You’re not quite yourself.
You don’t know what the future will bring.
You know you want to do something you just don’t know what.
You feel guilty that you want a life of your own.
You want to plan for the future.
You just don’t know what to do.
You’re very happy with life right now.
You have fabulous relationships.
You know exactly what you want.
Life is really bright and sunny.
You’re happy with the changes and know what to do.
You know exactly who you are and what you stand for.
You’re excited that you’re making your mark on the world.
You know exactly what you want to be doing and feel totally valued.
You’re confident you are living the life of your choice.
You have a plan, a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
You know what you’re doing and your life is under your control.
How about you?
I know which one I relate to…… how about you ? If you find that your life currently mirrors those thoughts in 🙁 then I have put together thoughts, ideas and programs that will support, encourage, motivate and show you how you can:
ReInvent Yourself to build a life and lifestyle that suits you and the stage of life that you are in.
We all have to start somewhere and as I put everything in place start by joining my private facebook group – the ReInvention Cooperative. This is a place where we can all meet up, support each other, learn, ask questions and find out how others have succeeded in ReInventing themselves. This is a great starting point and there will be plenty to come.