When I think reinvention I think Madonna! The woman has had multiple ‘careers’ throughout her lifetime. She’s transformed from a Material Girl to a mama and mogul. Sure, Madonna has remained on stage, but who she is now is different from who she used to be. She is constantly reinventing herself, adding new elements to her brand and new careers to her resume.
Now, more than ever, having multiple careers is becoming the new norm. Perhaps this is a result of the economy. Or, maybe more people are choosing to follow their dreams. For me, it was the latter, and a desire for a more service-driven life, which led me to make a career change at age twenty-nine.
I’ve been very open with my story. Perhaps that is why I receive emails daily from people wanting to change their career path, who are looking for guidance. What I find is that most people who write to me feel an ache for a more meaningful career. The truth is, there can be something magical that happens when you feel like what you do matters. Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” To know you are adding value to the life of another is the most satisfying feeling.
However, for most of you, there is a block between pursuing what you dream of doing, and what you are actually doing. This block usually lives between your ears in the form of your beliefs. That’s right, your beliefs are often the greatest wall you need to get over, when it comes to reinvention, in any area of your life. Believe it or not (pun intended), this is good news.
Changing your beliefs is not always easy, but it can be simple. Two of my top tools to help you change the way you think are meditation and visualization.
One of the most powerful benefits of meditation is self-awareness. When you allow yourself to be present, by sitting in silence and stillness daily, you are able to quiet the mind chatter and stop ruminating about the past or projecting fearfully into the future. This mind chatter is often full of the very beliefs that keep you from pursuing your dreams. Through meditation, you can create a gap between your mafia mind, and your true self. This gap is the space in which you can become aware of unconscious beliefs, in order to change them.
Do you want to create a life you love? You have to be able to imagine it. Visualization is the practice of creating desired feelings through thought. Most people use visualization all the time and don’t even know it! However, their focus is usually on what they don’t want. During your practice it’s important to keep your language and the affirmations positive and focused on what you DO want. Imagine yourself in your new career. Imagine where you are, what you are wearing and most importantly, how you feel. Creating your desired feelings through thought will then help you take aligned action on the path to creating your desired goals.
Both meditation and visualization impact your outcome, but they do require consistent effort and practice. Fitting both into your daily routine for only 5 minutes each can create massive shifts. Try them out this week and take notice of how you may be feeling differently. In the comments below, please share with me where you feel your life may need some reinventing and call out the beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Then below that, write a more empowering belief statement. You can use that as your affirmation this week!
Have an incredible week, and as always take care of you!
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