Monday, December 01, 2008

Personal Re-invention

In an effort to clearly define what we do and continue to separate ourselves from the typical “personal trainer” stereotype, our company currently changed our mission statement to - “I/We facilitate personal re-invention through physical challenge, adversity and victory”. This definition allows us to better explain the importance of what we do. To break this concept down further, we need to fully understand what the word re-invent means.

The definition of re-invent (as per the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary) is:

· To make as if for the first time something already invented
· To remake or redo completely
· To bring into use again

How do you think people or companies can stay at the top of their game decade after decade? They re-invent themselves. Take Madonna for example – she has continued to re-invent music and style as the times change, if she hadn’t been able to do this she would not have made it out of the 90’s. The title of her 2004 tour was called re-invention!

Sometimes we can feel like we are stagnating on a personal level. Whether we are reaching the goals we set for ourselves or not, we may feel that personally we are not quite where we want to be. The great thing is that we have the ability within ourselves to evolve and experience personal growth. It is possible to reinvent yourself by understanding your life's purpose and your place in it and then making a realistic plan for your fresh start.

Look to your goals first so that you can confirm what it is you really want out of life. By all means, change your goals if your priorities have changed. If you don't have any goals, you can make some as you begin to reinvent yourself. Your goals should relate to what you want your life's purpose to be.

Once your goals are established, or re-established, and you know what you want and what you feel your life's purpose is, you can start thinking about how you would like to reinvent yourself. If you want to be more spiritual, for example, first you'll have to define what that means to you. For some it may mean organized religion, while for others it may mean a more sensitive approach to interactions with others. Reinventing yourself is all about making the changes that you want to and need to make in order to help you become the person you want to be, not who you think others want you to be.

If you're not sure how you want to change yourself, or even if you do want to make any changes to yourself, try visualizing yourself in your mind's eye going about your day. Are you pleased with your behavior, how you take of yourself and how you spend your day? If not, think about only what you can change and exactly how you would accomplish that. When you have a realistic plan to reinvent yourself, whether the changes relate to your body, mind or soul, persevere by understanding your strengths and weaknesses and then persevere to get what you want for yourself.

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