Do We Really Reinvent Ourselves?
Are you feeling the need to reinvent yourself or your career? Personally, I don’t like using the word reinvention when it comes to your life. It’s semantics, I know, but I think what we do when we create a “new identity” for ourselves is more about evolution than reinvention. Several years ago I noticed I was very resistant to the idea of reinventing myself. It felt like I needed to learn new skills, market myself differently and see myself as someone new. I now realize that all the fragments of myself have been forming with each job I worked and each class and personality test I took. I’ve been evolving into who I want to become so there is no need to reinvent myself.
Reinvention means taking our lives and creating something new. Yet, what we really do when we start a new career or business is called evolution. It’s the natural progression towards fulfilling our life mission.
When we repackage all of our skills, talents, experience, and knowledge and present it to the world, it is the next step along our life’s evolutionary path. Here’s an example. A person who is a carpenter for a living fulfills his life long dream of being a writer. To the rest of us it may look like a career reinvention but what it really means is the carpenter is doing what he felt destined to do. What we don’t see is all the years he fantasized about becoming a writer, studied writing, wrote ideas in his journal and wrote short stories. His career evolved into something new behind closed doors.
If you’ve been feeling pressure to reinvent yourself, all you really need to do is reframe your life from a different perspective. There is no need to become someone new. Just allow yourself to evolve into the person you are destined to become.
How do you feel about reinventing yourself and moving into a new career or business? Can you see how you have consciously or subconsciously moving into a different direction?