Have you discovered your secret power for reinvention?
Your career is winding down. You are not quite as energetic. Your focus shifts. Priorities rearrange themselves. When you started out in life you needed to invent yourself and now, with these passing years, you need to reinvent yourself.
But how do you make this happen? Do you buy self-help books? Is the answer found in talking to friends? Should you wait for the phone to ring, hoping one of your contacts from the past calls and offers you a dream job?
Reinventing yourself can be a bewildering process. But wait. There’s a secret power you can access to get you pointed in the right direction.
Here’s the secret power: you have the power to create your future.
This is one of the greatest of all powers. Think of it. You are able to create the future.
The enemy of this secret power is the long held idea we are victims of life circumstances. Too many people feel powerless in life because they have surrendered to the victim mentality. They suffer under the belief life is a series of events which falls on their shoulder. People who live like this allow circumstances to dictate their mood, income, level of happiness, and life direction. These people feel as though they are a victim and life is the victor which defeats their plans.
It’s so easy to feel like that. Several years ago, after serving as a successful pastor for 30 years, I was beat up and worn out. I had gone through a devastating church split. I woke up one morning and realized I couldn’t go on. I resigned with no plan B. I spent a year waiting for a church to call me as their pastor. I kept hoping someone would remember my good track record and offer me a job. But the phone never rang.
I began to realize I had to stop waiting for life to happen to me. It was time to tap into my secret power. I determined to create my own future. I picked myself and went to work. If you want to see a popular article I wrote about this subject, read When No One Picks You, Pick Yourself: 4 Ways to Start.
Stop waiting on other people. Choose yourself and get to work. Create the future that you want.
Once you’ve decided to create your own future, here’s a simple four step process to unleash this secret power.
First, to unleash your secret power for reinvention, make a list of your past hobbies and interests.
Go all the way back to your early memories. Did you collect rocks? Did you enjoy writing? Have you always had a dog? Do you love to make things? Is it enjoyable to put a seed in the ground and make it grow? What is the one thing you would do if money and time had no constraints on your decision?
Make the list long and complete. You are making a list of the things which reveal your inner passion.
Second, to unleash your secret power for reinvention, determine what you are good at doing.
During your career there were parts of your job in which you excelled. Were you the go to person for filling out the paperwork? When the phone rang, were you the person who loved talking to the angry customer? Could you press for a decision and make the sale? Were you the best at putting it all together? Were your designs usually the best? In your performance reviews, what could you be sure the boss would praise you for? Do people seek you out for advice? Record everything you are good at doing. This list reveals the areas in which you are competent.
Third, to unleash your secret power for reinvention, connect the dots.
Compare the two columns and draw a line connecting the things you are passionate about and the things which you are good at. You are searching for the place where passion and competence intersect. This is the sweet spot where your future can be created. Imagine spending the next chapter of life playing in this sweet spot! This is where the magic happens. When you discover connections between passion and competence, you are ready to move to the fourth step of creating your future.
Fourth, to unleash your secret power for reinvention, find a way to make money using the place where passion and competence intersect.
Study your connecting sweet spots. Ask yourself this question, “Using this connection of passion and competence, how can I make money?”
When I went through this process, I discovered my passion of helping other people. Through the decades, my life focused on assisting other people to realize their potential. As I examined the second column, I realized I had the ability to communicate through writing. So I started a blog and began to write in an effort to help Baby Boomers going through transition.
If you love talking to people and are good at imagining what an empty house could look like if remodeled, you might have a future in real estate or house flipping. If you love to travel and are good at finding and making low cost travel arrangements, you could start your own tour company or become a travel guide. When you work through this fourth step your once dim future radiates with possibilities.
This works. It worked for me and I’m living the best years of my life. You can do this.
It’s time for you to unleash your secret power for reinvention. Go. Choose yourself. Create your future. It is waiting for you.
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Love this! Such a cool process. That first step can be very revealing especially if you really commit some time to it.
The thing I’ve found is that after stacking up so many years, like life’s puzzle pieces, the picture of experience, passion and competency that emerges sometimes can be quite different from what we were once working toward! Or thought we wanted.
Then monetizing it … can be challenging. But what you said is great: “…your once dim future radiates with possibilities!” Even if you start out volunteering. I did that for a while before getting into education. Just take the first small step in that direction, right? it’s amazing the doors that will still open up!
Thanks for sharing. Yes. Turning passion and proficiency into money is the challenging part. It’s challenging but possible! You are a prime example!
This is so well-written, and very inspiring. Some people seem to know this from the time they are kids. Others never do believe they can start with just their little old self and completely reinvent their life.
How lucky we are to be able to look inside and pull out ideas that can float our boat. And should that boat begin to leak, pull out some new, fresh ideas to patch it up & get going again. Just thinking about it makes me want to sing and dance!
I love your enthusiasm! Your imagery of a boat inspires!
Introspection is not one of my favorite things to do. Satan would have me remember my sins and failures rather than my strengths and abilities. This was a great reminder of the steps I can take to reinvent myself. Looking toward retirement and looking for something to stay active is my challenge. Making money is the difficulty. God has always provided enough and I will praise Him in this journey. Again, you just encouraged me.
Good to hear from you. Yes, money is a challenge. You will figure it out. God will provide!