As many of you know, I’ve been on the road of reinvention for more than five years now, and it’s been a fascinating, exciting, and often bumpy ride. As I have endeavored to let go of habitual thoughts and actions that no longer support me, I’ve released many negative and limiting beliefs about life in general, as well as my own capabilities, strengths, gifts, and talents.
I’ve also come to know more intimately what I value and hold dear, both personally and professionally. In the end, I’ve come to understand and live from the knowledge that each of us is here at this time to fulfill a very important purpose, but until we get “real” with ourselves, that purpose remains unclear at best.
Do you know your unique purpose? Do you feel you’re on your own path of finding fulfillment, meaning, joy, and expansion in life? If the answer is “yes,” I’m sure that your clarity is inspirational to you as well as to others.
If the answer is “no” or “I don’t know,” your acknowledgement of this is a great sign that positive change is in the wings. I know from experience that it is indeed possible to discover all that you need to by getting to know yourself intimately, once and for all, and accepting and honoring your uniqueness. Your specialness–what makes you who you are–is not an accident. You are a perfect combination of history, experience, wounds, traumas, triumphs, joys, and brilliant wisdom and knowledge. All of this coalesces to create the special filter through which you experience life.
If you know who you are, and act from this knowledge every day, then reinvention is not necessary. If on the other hand you’ve lost touch with yourself, as I had, I hope you’ll consider getting on the path to reinvention and reclaiming your life direction, in whatever manner inspires and excites you.
There are so many great resources, books, courses, etc. available to jumpstart this reinvention process. One book I’ve found transformational is The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. This small, practical guide to personal freedom unlocked something immensely powerful in me — the idea that we must use our words impeccably (without “sin” or going against ourselves or others.) In order to support and love ourselves, we must express this love and support outwardly with our words and actions.
This little book helped me walk away from using my words to attack, criticize, demean, judge or go against others, and in doing so, go against myself. I slip up all the time, of course. But my awareness has been heightened as to the tremendous power of my words to move mountains, or conversely, to tear them down if the need emerges to do so.
Reinvention is a life-giving process. When we reinvent ourselves for our own greater good, we heal generations ahead of us as well as those who came before.
If you would like to share your stories of reinvention, or of how books like The Four Agreements have changed your life, I’d love to hear them. Please feel free to contribute here. Your story will inspire others, and help us all remember that embracing ourselves fully, and walking into our own creative power instead of fighting against it, is all that we truly require to experience the creation of a life of great meaning, growth, and joy.
Thank you very much for reading and sharing.