Janine was in a reinvention rut. After fifteen years as an accountant with a large firm, she was ready for a new career path. She had read several books and invested in a program that promised to transform her life but she still hadn’t taken any meaningful steps toward reinventing herself.
When I asked what was holding her back, she admitted that she didn’t feel confident enough to take action. As we continued our conversation, she admitted that her lack of confidence stemmed from uncertainty over which possibilities to explore and how to choose the best path for her. The longer she waited to take action, the more doubtful she became about reinventing herself.
Janine isn’t alone. Lack of clarity is one of the biggest obstacles to your ability to reinvent yourself. Reinvention involves taking risks and pushing out of your comfort zone and you’re going to less likely to put yourself out there if you’re unsure about who you are, what you want and how to go about getting it.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CLARITY
To get clear about who you are and what really matters to you, it’s important to start your reinvention with some self-discovery about what you value in your life and work, your purpose and your life vision. I call this your inner compass. Once you’re created this inner compass, you have a guideline for crafting a vision for what your ideal work scenario might look like and brainstorming and assessing the possibilities.
Once Janine had developed her inner compass, she felt more grounded and was able to identify some possibilities that were aligned with her priorities. She was also able to better articulate what she was seeking so that people knew how to help her. Her eventual decision to reinvent herself as a marketing consultant for finance professionals was made with the confidence that she had chosen a path that was aligned with her values, passions and vision.
POWER TOOL – CREATE YOUR INNER COMPASS
The first step in any successful reinvention is to get clear about what matters to you at this point in your life. Even if you’ve done this work in the past, it’s useful to revisit these questions. Our priorities change as we grow and our life circumstances change. What was important to you ten or even five years ago may not be as important now, yet you may be living your life according to these outdated priorities.
Start creating your inner compass by writing down:
1. Your Core Values – What values reflect the very best part of you- your authentic best self? What are the principles by which you live your life?
2. Your Life Values – What’s non- negotiable in how you live your life – family, health, financial security, career achievement, personal growth, adventure, giving back?
3. Your Life Vision – What’s your vision of your ideal life – a life aligned with your values, passions and interests?
4. Your Career Vision – What would a career that’s aligned with your life vision look like? What kind of career scenario would enable you to live your ideal life?
Once you’ve created your inner compass by identifying what really matters, you have a foundation for brainstorming possibilities, exploring options and selecting your new path.
REINVENTION IS NOT A SOLO JOURNEY
The Reinvention Compass is one of the many tools that I offer to my clients in my classes and individual coaching. Because the path to reinvention is often foggy and can have many twists and turns, it’s very helpful to have a supportive mentor offering encouragement, advice and accountability.
Starting in January, I’ll be offering my Reinvent Your Work Life Workshop, which is designed to guide you in discovering the work scenario that best aligns with your life vision, values and passions and equips you with the tools to move forward in your reinvention.
This three month small group program will help you:
* Discover what gives your life and work meaning so you can create a clear, new vision for your life/career and start making it a reality.
*Identify and explore new possibilities, evaluate opportunities and get clear about the path that best aligns with your vision, priorities and strengths.
*Acquire powerful tools to boost your confidence, creativity and resilience so that you can effectively handle obstacles, uncertainty and setbacks.
*Identify resources and create your strategy for moving forward in your reinvention.
Each workshop is limited to five participants and you can choose the Wednesday morning program or the Saturday program. Here are the details:
WHEN: 6 Saturday mornings (every other week) 10 am-12:30 pm – Jan. 26, Feb. 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6, 10:00am-12:30pm
OR Six Wednesday mornings (every other week) 10 am-12:30 PM – Jan 30, Feb 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, April 10.
WHERE: Career Generations, 2225 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
INVESTMENT: $425. This price includes all sessions, a workbook and a 30 minute phone consultation to determine whether this class fits your needs.
NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU? – Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or text me at 415 830 2373 to schedule your complimentary 30 minute phone consultation to discuss your readiness for this class.
Space is limited in these programs so take action today!
So often we try to convince ourselves that we are living a full, contented life.
But there is always something pulling at our heart; ambition, restlessness are just its shadows.
And it will go on tearing at our hearts until we start to acknowledge what is missing.
~ Peter Kingsley