By Jake Kot
The 21st century has brought on a whole new set of challenges for many of us, bringing the infamous how to change your life topic to new and unexpected heights. To steal a line from one of my faves, Lewis Black; “Even a good fiction writer couldn’t have come up with this.”
The question is now: So, do I have to reinvent myself after all this time? The answer, yes…and no. With the job market bordering on chaos, and the collapse of both the industrial age as well as a good part of the information age, the reinvention of potentially our entire persona does become a consideration for some. At first glance, that statement can look completely overwhelming. But here’s the trick.
The process of how to change your life probably will involve some sort of change or reinvention of yourself, but not from the perspective of a total revamp. Consider the following:
A) Cut some seriously undisturbed time for yourself. Everything off… no multi-tasking.
B) Grab a pen and paper and list, or storyboard if you will, every one of your strengths… think hard on this, I mean every one!
C) Now, look at those already established strengths and search for connections or ideas you probably haven’t thought of in the spirit of creating a new direction for yourself with those abilities that you already own.
So what’s happening here? We’re reinventing or reshaping who we are through this process, but actually, we’re not. This potential reshape consists of reconfiguring elements of who we already are, not some fictitious character we’re trying to create that has nothing to do with us. Personal testament becomes a must to clarify this point.
I’m a musician of 40 years, as well as a composer for 30 of those years. Long story short, my chosen musical idiom in these times does not offer the rewards of a comfortable life without some serious, and I mean serious sacrifice. That sacrifice was ok in terms of myself. But after becoming a single Dad, my reality, my focus began to alter. For the first time ever I was considering a potential life change. Let’s see, a day job… not a chance in hell. What can I do?
I followed those 3 steps. What I began to see that I totally owned when I storyboarded my strengths was my creative talent as well as my strength as a speaker per se after 30 years of teaching. I looked at that relationship in a bit of a new way and realized I could redirect both of those talents. I then proceeded to quote unquote reinvent myself and became a creative consultant to individuals, and eventually groups. Are we clear? I did reinvent myself, and not. I already owned those talents.
How to change your life can be seen in different light, you just have to put the time in and discover it, and then get CREATIVE with those discoveries. Realize those inherent gifts you already own and make them work for you in alternative life settings… or, a new career. I can’t begin to tell you how many of those we’ve labeled geniuses have used that creative storyboard scenario to accomplish their goals. Reinvent… and not!
Life and career change cannot possibly be covered in only one article… to that end Jake just finished a follow-up article on how to change your life!
Jake Kot the Author, Educator, Counselor, Speaker and co-founder of neoCreativity.com, is known as the “Creative’s” creative consultant. Countless clients have benefitted from Jake’s ability to develop and implement life-changing strategies.
Find out more about Jake Kot, neoCreativity and learn additional techniques to ignite life change at http://neoCreativity.com.
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