Have you ever looked at someone you admired and you wonder “how did they do it?” The natural tendency is to compare yourself and come to the conclusion that you will never be able to have the successes they have had.
This is the wrong mindset because you can’t look at one photograph out of someone else’s
album and think you know about the whole album. Reinvention is a process that comes
in approximately four stages.
2. The Search
My journey of reinvention started about fifteen years ago with a feeling of dissatisfaction. I knew there must be something more. At this stage, you search for meaning and purpose and you pray for a sign. I remember thinking that if I could just get a sign as to what I was supposed to be doing then I could start reinventing my life. What people fail to realize is the signs are all around. Most of us just don’t know how to recognize the signs.
Dissatisfaction is a sign you have been asking for if you are really ready for change. After all, human beings are only motivated for two reasons: to eliminate pain or to gain pleasure. Most of us will do more to eliminate pain than we will to gain pleasure; therefore dissatisfaction is a necessary ingredient on the road to reinvention. If you weren’t uncomfortable you wouldn’t be willing to change or to try new things in the search. The search can be fun or scary as you step outside your comfort zone.
Eventually you enter the questioning stage.
When your search leaves you feeling empty you start asking questions such as “why am I so miserable?” and “why can’t I figure it out.” Then something magical happens when you discover that if you want a better outcome you have to ask a better question.
This opportunity happened to me through a friend, Marsha, who asked me a great question: “What would you do if there were no limits? After much stuttering and stammering, I said, I would be a dancer or choreographer.
Marsha said, “That’s not going to happen, you aren’t even taking dance lessons!” After some prodding I said my second choice would be to be a motivational speaker.
Wishing is one thing and doing is another. In order to reinvent you must get to the commitment stage.
In the commitment stage you start taking action. Once again you experiment with your life much like you did in the “search” phase, but now you have direction. Once you have direction and meaning, discipline is easy. You do difficult things because you see the value of how your undertaking moves you forward.
I started going to Toastmasters to learn the craft of public speaking. Toastmasters totally changed my life. For four years I attended meetings and I loved every minute of it. In addition I went back to college and finished my bachelor’s and master’s degree.
The commitment stage is about the action journey.
There are many myths about reinvention and the success journey. Unfortunately, many well meaning people succumb to false beliefs about how the Law of Attraction works, and about the power of belief.