It’s not too late to start to reinvent yourself but how do you reinvent yourself and what can you start doing for yourself to create the life you dream of.
Life isn’t simple. But the beauty of it is, you can always start over. It’ll get easier.Barbara Hall
There are days I think that the journey to designing life the way I would like it to be is taking a long time. Yet, is it. Comparison is a thief of time. For judging ourselves by comparing ourselves to others does us no good. We all have our own paths to walk. Our own life’s to create and we all start from a different starting point.
One of Steve Jobs famous quotes is, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”
If you look at dream jobs, not everyone stumbles into their dream job immediately. Many people look for years. And then there are those people who start working in their dream job straight after school.
Carsten is someone who did just that. He did an apprenticeship and evolved with the job as it moved into the digital space. Even though we have lived in 3 countries, Carsten has always done the same job. One he enjoys and loves.
Myself, on the other hand, I have worked a great variety of jobs mainly working hours around my children’s schooling when they were younger. This was great for flexibility during that season of life. I needed it. Working a variety of jobs has also been great for learning such a broad range of skills. Though now as I reinvent myself yet again, I sometimes wonder how my life will evolve.
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We have many friends who are similar to both of us. Some friends started their dream jobs early on in their lives. While other friends are similar to me changing and learning new skills to design the life they would like.
Not one particular way is the right way, as everyone’s life journey is different. Everyone is doing life their way and there are many times life your way is not for someone else, as we all go through seasons of life differently. I know as a mother that I would have spent too much time worrying about my children when they were little if I didn’t adapt my work around what suited my family at the time.
I have found that as the children have grown into young adults that I am now adapting and changing once again. Working towards the next season of life.
It is never too late to change and start doing the things you want to do.
3 Things to doing to reinvent yourself.
Start with gratitude.
The way to change is to start with gratitude. Appreciate where you are. When you look around you be grateful for the things you have in your life and the environment you live in. Gratitude is one of the first keys to happiness.
Positive emotions result in better health including sleeping better. Greater happiness also results in more kindness and compassion to yourself, to others and to the world.
If you’re wondering what to be grateful for start with these 21 things that we take for granted but shouldn’t as other people pray for them.
Invest in personal development
The way to change is to learn new things. These things could be new skills, they could be new ways of thinking, improving awareness, improving knowledge. Personal development is building upon your personal capital, thus enhancing your lifestyle and quality of life.
Wikipedia defines personal development as ‘activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.’
For me, I found it was best to decide how to spend my day and start working towards it. Creating an ideal day scenario helps you realise what you can already implement into your life and what skills you need to learn.
My future ideal day consists of travelling again including spending time with family and friends overseas. To do that, I realised I needed to learn new online skills and commence an online business. To learn more about businesses online I started blogging. While blogging I discovered I enjoy Pinterest, so I became a Pinterest Virtual Assitant. Am I working fulltime online yet? No, but I’m working towards it as I reinvent myself for the season of life I am in and am entering.
As a lot of personal development comes from reading books, time can be a factor. To help with reading and learning through books, consider listening to books with audible. I listen to books in the car when I am driving. If you prefer to read books, create a habit of reading at the same time each day, the best way to do that is to create a habit trigger, a cue to sit and read a chapter or some pages of a book.
The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.Barbara Hall
Commit to change selflessly.
One of the hardest things sometimes to do is to commit to ourselves. We give to so many people at home, at work, in our community that we often put ourselves last. When you commit to change, you put your priorities first by doing what you need to do to reach your goals.
It is not selfish, it is taking care of yourself and your goals. Committing to follow through on your own goals makes you happier. Additionally, as you go about achieving your goals you go about reinventing yourself through the skills you learn or challenges you face to achieve those goals.
As Tony Robbins says ‘…often we sit around, thinking about how unhappy we are about one thing or another…the only person capable of changing your life for the better is you…’ Commit to change.
My blogging and online journey started in 2017 and everyday I ask myself this question.
“What’s 2 things can I do today to feel amazing and bring myself closer to my goals?”
Every day has different activities. Some days I write a blog post, other days I edit a Pinterest image or write an essay for my university studies. Every day I learn new skills that assist me with my goals. It is not only my online business I focus on. I also focus on my health goals, my career goals and what I can do today to make today an ideal day.
It is never too later to reinvent yourself and embrace life. It starts with small changes and every change starts with an action. Therefore each day ask yourself ‘What can I do today to bring me closer to my goals?
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