In my last couple of posts, I wrote about how my life had completely been dismantled. I also wrote about how I was using this summer to initiate my rebuild. I call it my Summer of Reinvention. As I’ve been sharing my story, I have been hearing similar stories reflected back to me. Many of my clients and friends have been going through similar life demolitions, and are ready to start the process of reconstruction. What most of them are missing, though, is the knowledge of how to do this.
How does one go about creating an entirely new life while sitting in the ruins of the one they’ve spent so many years building? Well, I absolutely believe that the answer to this question will always be as unique as the person asking it. That said, though, there are some tools that can be useful to help the process along, especially when you’re back at the beginning.
These are the tools that I’m using to help rebuild my own life. I guarantee that at least a few of these practices can help you, too, to get more clarity, more motivation, and more enjoyment out of creating your dream life … whatever’s happening in your current life.
TOOLS FOR SELF-REINVENTION:
- Honest Self Analysis. If you’re like me and many other folks, you probably know what you don’t want. You might even be savvy enough to know what you do want. But many of us are lacking a clear and true picture of what we’ve got going on right now. It’s impossible to make optimal effective changes if you don’t know what it is you need or want to change. So, take a little time to evaluate what’s really happening in your life right now. How are you operating in the world? Are you proactively making things happen, or reacting to whatever comes along? How are you viewing the world? Through the lens of abundance or scarcity? What do you have that you want? What don’t you have that you want? And what do you have that you don’t want? What do you believe is truly possible? In short, what are you currently working with, and what can you do with it?
- Get Grateful. Now that you know where you currently stand, it’s time to show a little appreciation for the good you’ve managed to garner for yourself. Openly express gratitude for the awesome things you’ve accomplished. This will align you with the good stuff you’ve already got working for you. Then, while you’re at it, express gratitude for the things you want to have in your life. And express that gratitude as if you already have them. You can do this by writing in a gratitude journal (my choice), or thinking your gratitude, or speaking it aloud to yourself or to others. The how is not important, it’s the true feeling of gratitude being expressed often that helps to energetically magnetize you to more of those things you want.
- Use Your Imagination. This is where things get really fun! Step 3 is about daydreaming. This is your time to imagine the life you want in all its shiny new awesomeness. Visualize what you look like in your new life. What do you do every day? Where do you live and work? Where do you go and what do you do in your leisure time? Who are you spending time with? Get as specific and detailed as you possibly can. Then continue to daydream like this every single day. The more you imagine yourself living the life you want, the sooner you will find yourself creating it naturally and with little effort.
- Use Visual Aids. This is one of my favorite tools for reinvention. I am a visual person, so it really helps me to get some clarity around what I want and what that looks like as a big picture. There are several ways you can integrate visual aids into your work. Vision boards are one of the more popular choices. Gather images that represent the life you want to create. Attach them to a piece of paper, cardboard, plywood, etc.. Then keep your board in a place where you can see it everyday. The images provide visual stimulation and support to keep you consciously (and subconsciously) focusing on your goals, which keeps you activated and motivated to ultimately manifest them. You can also do this the virtual way by creating a Pinterest board for yourself that can be your online vision board. You just need to make sure to look through it every day. Other options are to create an avatar of the version of yourself that lives this new beautiful life, create a painting or drawing that symbolizes your life in some significant way for you, or you can even regularly put yourself in places in have the look and feel of what you’re trying to create for yourself. Get creative. Get visual. And get manifesting.
- Turn In Your Oscar-Worthy Performance. One of the quickest ways to create a new life for yourself is to just start living it regardless of your current circumstances. Just think like an actor preparing for a role. Want to billionaire? Go shopping in luxury boutiques. You don’t have to buy anything, but being there will allow you to feel like you are the kind of [super wealthy] person who shops there on the reg. Want to be a sought-after public speaker? Join a Toastmasters group to start getting the feel of speaking regularly in front of live audiences. Want to have a baby? Do some babysitting, and really get a feel of what it’ll be like to care for a child. Whatever it is you want to have, be, or do, you can manifest it more quickly if you start acting like you already have it, are it, or are doing it.
This is not an exhaustive list. But these are some of the tools that I am finding to be really helpful for me, and that have proven helpful for many of my clients. It is my sincere hope that they will work some magick for you, too.
If you have other recommendations of tools that have worked for you, please feel encouraged to share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! At some point or another, most of us will find ourselves ready to change our lives in some way. This is growth. This is evolution. It’s always nice to know that we’re not going through it alone!