I was recently working with one of my San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching clients. We talked about his focusing on discovering a better sense of self including his core values and identity. He was energized and motivated to ignite his entrepreneurial spirit.
Most importantly we focused on his discovering a sense of purpose...what was truly important to him. He pondered on the following powerful questions. Who am I and what are my core values? What is most meaningful in my life? What am I trying to do with my life? Do I feel fulfilled in my life? Do I use my talents to the fullest extent? Am I realizing my dreams?
My career coaching client put the following tips on a Post-it attached to his computer monitor. The tips serve as a daily reminder to him that positively reinventing yourself can bring happiness and career fulfillment.
7 Tips for Career Reinvention
Like any new activity, reinvention requires practice. It may take a while for social media to become natural and habitual. Practice these seven tips to create reinvention habits:
- 1. Envision your best possible future. When you daydream about your future, you set yourself up for goal-directed behaviors. Having a vision for the future is reassuring when the going gets tough. Envisioning your best possible future helps you persevere and provides hope and energy.
- 2. Prioritize you passions. Close the door on what no longer motivates and energizes you. Create a mindset open to experimentation and possibility. You may stumble upon something terrific that fits your purpose and passion.
- 3. Plug-in and be proactive. Create an online presence. Reinvention today is digital. Even the Pope is on Twitter!
- 4. Be a connector. Connect on social media sites Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. People love to share work opportunities with people they know, like and trust.
- 5. Take baby steps. In the Age of Disruption, we're all continual learners. Embrace it.
- 6. Experiment by practicing. Learn by doing and taking massive action. Focus on succes rather than perfection.
- 7. Take a Stand. Create the intention and a declaration of commitment to act with a specific "declared possibility" in order to move the possibility to reality.