Fearlessness is the mother of reinvention. - Arianna Huffington
In case you missed this week’s Change School TV episode, Grace and Solonia share tips, tools and insights for reinventing your life.
We live in a world defined by change, and today we are seeing the rate of change happening faster than ever - in technological advancements, economic development, politics, business, and in how we see the world.
We believe the future belongs to those who can embrace change, navigate through it, and thrive.
How? By forging new ways of thinking, being, working whilst staying connected to who we are, who we can become, and how we want to contribute to an ever-changing world.
Three questions we’ll explore today:
Why is reinvention so important and who needs to do it?
How can you start to think about your reinvention goals and create a roadmap to achieve them?
What are some of the common challenges or barriers people face with reinventing themselves?
You don’t have to make a drastic change or massive rehaul of your Life/Work for it to ‘count’. Reinvention is a conscious choice to continually grow and advance towards a future vision of ourselves and the world. Particularly when we face challenges in our lives, we must be able to let go of old notions, beliefs and habits in order to embrace new perspectives and possibilities. Holding on to the past or ‘fixed’ concepts about how things ‘should’ be hinders us as individuals, and a society, from discovering the full potential of what could be. Making the shift is about understanding where you are now, where you want to go, and the actions you need to take to get there.
So, whether you are thinking about a career change, transitioning in/out of different life stages, or simply looking to make your life better, success is about defining point ‘A’ and ‘B’, knowing why this transformation is important to you, and deciding how you’ll get there.
Reinvention is important for anyone who is committed to achieving their potential and purpose-driven life.
Three simple steps:
1. Change begins with understanding. Reflecting on your journey, where you are today, and where you want to go is a critical first step to reinventing your Life/Work. From there, creating a roadmap is about defining a vision for the future, setting clear goals and milestones to get you there, and articulating this to people who can help you to make it happen. Whether that’s your boss or prospective employer, a life/business coach, or your tribe of supporters and advocates, enlisting others who can advocate you and your mission is the key to success.
2. Put your thoughts down to paper. Going from idea to action takes planning and actioning, otherwise they only exist as dreams. Draw up a simple timeline to map out your personal / professional journey, future vision, and the common themes or threads that tie your story together. Identifying key milestones of your past and future will help you to connect the dots and chart your forward path.
As you build your plan, ask yourself the following questions:
Why do I want to reinvent my life?
What does my ideal life or career look like? What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
How can I set smaller goals to achieve my aspirations?
Who can help me to get there?
3. Set your intention and the smaller action steps you need to take. The road to reinvention is a long and windy one. The greater the vision, the more time and determination you’ll have to commit. Aim for quality and authenticity instead of overnight success or trying to be somebody else. Reinvention is about leaning into your potential and putting your best self forward. Start now, take that first step - whether it’s enrolling in a course to advance your skills/knowledge; investing in a mentor or coach to help you create a plan, finding role models or ‘heroes’ you can connect and learn from, or publishing that first blog post you’ve been putting off for too long. No matter how small a step it is, decide to make it happen today.
Reinvention is a conscious process and practice of stretching ourselves, in order to achieve new heights of success (which we must define that for ourselves). It’s about exploring and playing with possibilities #nofilter.
The greatest barrier to successful reinvention is Fear: What if I suck? What if I fail? What if people judge me?
Instead of limiting yourself with negative thoughts, here’s what you should be really asking yourself:
What would life be like if I just cruised along or did nothing? What’s the worst that could happen if my fears came to life?
Listen and lean in to your fears, but decide from the outset that they can’t stop you from moving forward. What we fear the most is usually the best clue to what you need to start working on right away. Scared to write? Set a goal to write for 10mins everyday. Fearful of public speaking? Join a Toastmasters club or challenge yourself to get on a stage. Unsure of how you ‘fit’ in the job market? Stop guessing and set yourself a goal to sit 3 informational interviews this month and find out for yourself. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
We are our own greatest critic. Feeding those self-limiting beliefs - I’m not good enough, not skilled enough, not experienced enough - will only keep you where you are. No one is born perfect, infallible or genius. Besides, that isn’t the goal. The goal is to push boundaries, challenge your limits, and to discover what you’re really capable of. Aspire to do more and be more. If you settle for less, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Reinvention can’t be realised in isolation. Everyone needs support to succeed in unfamiliar territory - whether that’s moving to a new city, becoming a parent, launching a new business, or starting a new job in a new industry. Equip yourself with a support system of people who can help to challenge you, keep you motivated, hold you accountable, and connect you to new opportunities or perspectives. Join an offline community, online network, or start a mastermind circle of people you admire and trust.
To overcome the barriers to reinventing in your life, let go of the thoughts and things that undermine your confidence, creativity and courage to become all that you can be.
Are you ready to step up and into the greatest version of yourself?
Download our Reinvention Worksheet to help you get started.
Want to reinvent your career?
Get on the waitlist to join our next 5-wk online course on How To Confidently Create Your Bold Career Move and ignite your journey from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’.
Looking for an experience and supportive community to take the journey with you?
Apply to our next Reinvention Retreat in Bali!
Grab your copy of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark.