In Part I of the ReInvention process ( previous article at Your Tango) … we examined the first three steps of the process of change. The entire process is 7 ½ steps. This article will review the next four steps and then the final ½ step will be explored in it’s own separate discussion.
Why wait for the ½ Step? Because it’s the most difficult of all, even though it is the smallest number (1/2). Funny, huh?
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So, before I share the next four steps, let’s review:
Step One: Stop doing what you no longer wish to be doing.
Step Two: Start doing what you do want to be doing.
Step Three: Never, ever, ever, ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do.
I hope you have taken the time to complete these steps and are on your way. So, let’s continue with the process. Are you ready? Do you truly commit to make some huge changes in your life? It could be your career, your love life, your friendships, your appearance, where you live … whatever you declare to do differently. While it takes courage to make a big change, it is also incredibly exhilarating.
Okay, Step Four: Develop a MANTRA to keep you focused.
What is a mantra? It’s something you say to yourself, internally, or even out loud to reassure, give you confidence, create direction and focus. You’ve probably said it to yourself forever and always, but might not realize that’s what it is. For example, I have always reassured myself with the phrase, “all is well.” It’s automatic. I didn’t realize that it is a mantra for me. Now, I know. Other things I say are: “Aw, what the heck, do it anyhow.” This one especially works when I’m afraid to try something new and different. I use it to push myself forward. Another one is: “I am just fine now.” And “I am amazing.”
So, what mantra(s) can you develop that you default to automatically when you need those boosts in spirit, courage, etc? Take it on.
Step Five: Have a plan for UNCERTAINTY.
Change always creates a sense of uncertainty. You’re on a path and often don’t know where that leads. It’s never a direct road; it often veers off to one direction or another and takes you places you don’t expect to be. Furthermore, change is never linear. It’s organic and developmental. You think you’re headed here and you end up there.
Example: I knew I was moving to NYC at age 60 for a new adventure. I did and it was/ is awesome. However, I didn’t know that part of that change would be Breast Cancer. Here I was far from family in a new place. But, cancer brought me to even more change and direction.
So, how have you dealt with Uncertainty at other times in your life? What worked? Was it asking friends for support, was it prayer, was it meditation, was it determination? What works for you?