"I feel like my career building has been in hibernation" "I feel like my career building has been in hibernation"

Reinvention coaching

Have you reached a point in your life where you feel that you are stuck in a rut? Perhaps you used to be excited about your life and career and you worked hard to get to this point. Somehow you don't feel challenged or stimulated and as much as you yearn for change you may be afraid of it.

You may be at a point where you are reevaluating your life. Perhaps you are facing redundancy or retirement, perhaps you have reached a crossroads in your life following crisis, illness or bereavement. You thought you knew what you wanted but now your outlook has changed. You want something different, you want to live your values, you want to live life meaningfully.

Reinvention is looking at the infinite possibilities or the infinite versions of you. Think of a piece of clay - the material is the same but the clay can be a water jug, a plate or pot or something decorative like a vase. Water can take on a myriad of forms - raindrop, crystal, snowflake, stream or ocean. You are unique with your own set of talents, skills and experiences. In essence you are not going to be a different person but you can express yourself in a different way; you can live differently, work differently, take on a different role.

Remember when you were a child and the things you dreamed you would be. Every time you made a decision - knowingly or unknowingly- your path took a different turn. Where do you want to go next? What do you want to be next? Who do you want to be when you continue to grow? Living is learning and maybe curiosity killed the cat but curiosity keeps us alive!

Reinvention coaching (whether with a coach or self-coaching) is an opportunity to take stock of your life and plan the future. You are never too old and it is never too late. What would you like to do next? Who would you like to be next - poet/writer/gardener/entrepreneur/teacher/mover and shaker/candlestickmaker?

Look at what has motivated you in the past. There are things you knew you wanted to do because they were important to you, they gave you purpose. You may have had those who encouraged you or those who told you that you couldn't do it. If the latter, what drove you to achieve?

What's important to you? What values do you live your life by? Is it a need to succeed, to be rich or influential, to lead, to inspire, to help, to provide a service? As life changes your values may change. What was important before may be less important now. How do you want to live your values in the future? When you live the next chapter of your life, what values will you include?

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered? Will you be leaving something tangible or intangible? Will you be remembered for the service you provided, the encouragement you gave your students, the customers you cared about, the employees you valued, the famiy you spent time with, the community you changed for the better?

Now is the time to take stock of your life. Look back with kindness; the "retrospectroscope" is a harsh light. At the time you made your decisions back then, you didn't have the information or insight you have now. Life is about developing and maturing. Hopefully it is about developing wisdom too. You may be happy with what you are doing and that's great. You may feel uneasy or discomfited and that's a great place to start. Get in touch with what you love, what you value and what inspires you. There are an infinite number of "yous" so find your purpose and with courage, take that next step.