I had the privilege of speaking to a large group of unemployed professionals recently and the talk was centered around reinvention. The message I delivered to my audience resonated with them because I immediately opened up and shared my personal story – a story that closely mirrored their current situation. I talked about being laid off twice within one year (to no fault of my own) and the uncertainty I felt when I didn’t have a job. But despite those things, I looked at that time in my life as an opportunity to follow my dreams. From that point on I realized that we must adapt a mindset of renewal.
renew (v): to repeat so as to reaffirm; revive; to replenish; to bring into being again, reestablish; to start over.
I have gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with all who desire to reach their greatness and live out their missions. It is my resilience that has kept me going. You see, it’s not the obstacles or challenges we face that keep us from succeeding. It’s our inability or unwillingness to learn from those things that allow us to be defeated.
resilience (adj): the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune.
You have to decide what it is that you want – clearly and vividly. Once you know what that looks like, you then have to get up and take the necessary actions to get you there. Focus on the actions that get you the results you want and follow those steps every single time you find yourself stuck or immobile. Start your journey knowing that you may not have all the answers and you may have to change direction along the way, but commit to not giving up. Let each experience, both good and bad, serve as a lesson to prepare you for what’s to come.
Reinvention is a never ending process. It’s the daily, on-going pursuit of personal growth and fulfillment – a path that ultimately leads to more rewards and greater responsibilities.