Welcome back to the final post in a series of six articles focused on reimagining your life. If you missed the earlier guest blogs, you can find links to the articles at the end of this column.
If you have followed the five other guideposts in the Life Reimagined process like me, you are now ready to embark on the final stage of taking action. First let’s review the guideposts featured in the book Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities written by Richard Lieder and Alan Webber.
- Reflect: Take a look at your life from the inside out. Blend the stories of the past with the possibilities of the future. Begin by creating a Possibilities Journal to document what you want to see, do, taste, experience, try.
- Connect: Create a sounding board network of friends, family and peers. Share where you want to go and what you want to be. Build a community to give you the strength and encouragement to get to your “what’s next” in life.
- Explore: Brainstorm with your life. Think differently about yourself. Be curious. Have the courage to change your journey of one!
- Choose: Take charge of your life and make the difficult choices. This is imperative to reach your greatest possibilities. Embrace the outcome whatever the decision.
- Repack: Essential to life transitions, decide what to keep and what to give away. Know your value and use it! Begin to open yourself to freedom.
The last guidepost is to ACT! To act, we need to cast aside fear and make necessary and meaningful changes. If you’re like me, you will definitely second-guess yourself. Am I doing the right thing? Am I making the best choices? What if it doesn’t work out? These are all normal feelings, but please don’t let them stop you.
With action comes new possibilities’. I happen to be a living, breathing example of this. Possibilities that I never could have imagined a year ago are now beginning to unfold right before my eyes. And it is all because I began to believe in my potential and I was willing to take action.
As I shared in earlier articles, I set out on a new life journey more than a year ago — leaving behind the multi-million dollar marketing company I founded in 1996.
I wasn’t quite sure where I was headed. But I knew my life, as it was, had to change. I began to build a marketing consultancy business. However, when a marketing job at a community college presented itself, I became sidetracked from creating my business.
While I enjoyed being part of Connecticut’s higher education system for six months, I decided being employed by the state was just not for me. The benefits were attractive, but I felt boxed in. I came to realize I am an entrepreneur through and through.
I like to share and teach. I like to grow things including people’s minds and businesses. I am energetic and full of life. I began to see my real value. And it definitely was not sitting behind a desk eight hours a day pumping out continuing education catalogs and collateral.
I knew I needed to be back out on my own so I could dedicate my talents to those who would appreciate and benefit from them most. These life decisions and choices have not been easy. I have given up so much, yet along the way, yielded a deep and authentic understanding of me.
I was so lucky to have discovered the Life Reimagined process. It has kept me on track. It has given me focus. I have also begun to use the wealth of tools and resources available on the Life Reimagined website.
Reinventing your life is definitely a road worth traveling. You owe it to yourself. As the authors say: “Be who you are and start where you are.” The possibilities are endless. I wish you much luck on your experiment of one. I hope you get as much out of it as I did!!
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Kim Sirois Pita, 46, has been working in the marketing field for more than 20 years and currently runs a marketing consultancy where she helps entrepreneurs develop and execute marketing plans. She lives in Rocky Hill and Old Saybrook with her two children, Jordan and Alex. You can find more of her writings on her blog at peaceofpita.com.
Kim Sirois Pita “Life Reimagined” Series