“You don’t need to reinvent the wheel!” We all have heard the idiom. Sometimes it is true…usually it is not. Let’s take the perspective of it being untrue. You do need to reinvent the wheel – now what?
re·in·vent [ree-in-vent]: to remake or make over, as in a different form; to bring back; revive
1. What “wheel” needs to be reinvented? Your image? Your product? Your relationships? Your perception? Your thoughts? Your spiritual life? Take an honest inventory of your life, every aspect, and ask the tough question – “what’s not working?” Notice I said “honest” inventory…most people are not honest with themselves…don’t be “that guy”.
2. Why does it need to be reinvented? Now that you have honestly assessed that some things do need to change, the question is why. The “why” is more important than the “how” – most people jump right to “how they will change” rather than digging deep for “why they need to change”. The how is surface…the why is substance. Generally speaking, if you can nail down the “why”, the “how” will naturally follow.
3. What is the desired end result of the reinvention? Dream with the end in mind. What can be…what must be. Where would you like to be? Without having an idea of the end the reinvention becomes really just another misguided resolution. Create a future picture in high-definition of the desired end result. It is important at this stage to not be vague…details, details, details. If you want to change your image…what does the new image look like? Details please.
4. What is your route to reinvention? It is the “Principle of the Path” (a great book by Andy Stanley). Andy Stanley declares; “Direction, not intention, determines destination.” This is so true. In order to get where you want to be you must set out with direction. What road do you wish to travel to arrive at your reinvention? Some trips are scenic, while others are speedy. Choose your route…map it out.
5. What is keeping you from reinventing today? Nothing…so begin!
“People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.” – Norman Cousins
Do dreams expire? Is there a lifespan to your longings?
I believe so.
Everyday dreams die.
What is the expiration date of your dream? How long is too long? Are you willing to sacrifice your dream to the slave-master aptly named fear?
Your dream is waiting to become reality. Waiting for you to move, act, chase after it. Do something today to move closer to seeing your dream become a defining moment.
Buy a journal. Write your dream in it.
Subscribe to a blog. Follow an expert in the field of your dream on twitter.
Start a dream themed tribe. Help others fulfill their dream.
Become a student of the dream. Study.
Live the dream. Today.