Thursday, December 13, 2007

Necessity Is The Mother Of...

As my nephew and his bride embark on a new chapter of their lives, I thought about how great it is to get a fresh start. For those of us who are taking a chance on something new in our lives, I found a few suggestions for how to reinvent yourself.

Take small steps.
Do little things that scare you, accomplish them, and then develop a belief in yourself that you can do bigger things.

Do your research.
Talk to colleagues and friends about your plans, cruise classified ads and online discussion boards. Find a mentor who can guide you through the changes.

Form a support group.

Gather friends who are also thinking of making changes, career-related or otherwise.
Read books (perhaps biographies of others who have made life-altering moves) and brainstorm about the best ways to launch your reinvention.

Embrace your fear.

As long as you're moving forward, there are no wrong moves. Turn your fear into motivation.

Find your confidence.

Let go of the old life, reach for the new life, and trust yourself.

And don't forget to celebrate the small accomplishments along the way. Have a nice meal, open a special bottle, see a movie, schedule a spa treatment, take a trip, buy a small token to mark your progress. Above all, pat yourself on the back. Change is scary but also necessary for growth.

Good Luck Rolf and Wendy! Embrace this chance to reinvent yourselves.