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Reinventing Yourself

Are you feeling bored with your life? Have you driven the same car to the same office at the same job for more years than you can count on two hands? If so, perhaps it's time to change it up a bit. In order to enjoy a healthy and spirited life, the process of reinventing oneself is refreshing, rejuvenating and necessary.

So you've done things a certain way all your life; you've worked in the same industry, been involved with the same groups of people, and lived in the same city for as long as you can remember. So what? It doesn't mean you're destined to live your life along the same lines forever. There may be no better time than now to break free of the boundaries you've set for yourself and uncover a whole new way to live your life.

According to Melanie Keveles, MA, a personal consultant and coach who specializes in helping people reinvent themselves, there are 10 principles you should reflect on as you consider how you might reinvent your work, yourself, and your life.

  1. Stay flexible. Keep your options open at all times, and go with the flow. Don't turn down opportunities because they are outside the normal parameters of your job title or your place in space and time.

  2. Cross pollinate. Take your skills and ideas from one field to another. Step outside your comfort zone. Look for inspiration in other fields and bring them into yours.

  3. Follow your heart. Your heart is an astute indicator of what you should be doing with your life. Don't rule it out entirely because something else sounds more practical. The notions your mind invents aren't always the best to follow.

  4. Live a little. The more life experiences you have under your belt, the more you learn what works for you and what doesn't. These experiences enable you to continuously reinvent yourself. Through them, you'll acquire skills that will be invaluable to you in your future endeavors.

  5. Visualize. Think long and hard about the things you want out of life. Think about them as you fall asleep at night and when you wake up in the morning. Give yourself every chance to think of these as you can.

  6. Be curious. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times. Be aware of new people and new ideas and let them into your life.

  7. Network, network, network. Make a sincere effort to meet new people as often as you can. New people in your life will both enrich you and lead you to new opportunities.

  8. Don't be a know-it-all. Adopt a beginner's mind. Let yourself see things from a fresh perspective. Even if you are well-schooled in several areas, you have much more to learn.

  9. Be a life-long learner. Look for new ways to stretch your knowledge and your capacity for learning. Seek out new challenges to master. Take a class. Join an organization. Read lots of books.

  10. Embrace new technology. Don't get locked in a time warp. If you're only interested in using the gadgets and gizmos you knew when you were young, you'll hinder the advancement of your mind.

Keveles also offers a few suggestions for what you can do to successfully embrace these principles.

  • Take on one principle each week.

  • Keep a journal. Each morning, write down how being more flexible could positively affect your life. You may also choose to write about any of the other principles for reinventing yourself and how they are benefiting you.

  • Find a new pursuit that allows you to approach it with a fresh outlook.

  • Add some of your own principles for reinventing yourself.



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