Reinvention step two of five
Why do you want your dream?
You have begun taking steps towards reinvention and living in a new way. In the first step, you thought about what really matters to you. In step two you will look deeply at why you want something.
Reinvention is rewarding but the process can be rough and it is risky.
Change of our making is fun but it can also be challenging. You need to know why you are changing your life, why you are making your dream happen so that when the going gets tough, your why will drive you on.
Ask yourself, why does this matter
Simon Sinek, inspirational speaker and writer, talks about the importance of knowing your why, that why is your purpose, your belief. Tap into the feeling that has brought forth your dream. What do you feel strongly about, what do you believe? Do you want to make the world a happier place, a greener space, a healthier environment? Whether it’s your family, your community or a bigger space, what do you want to achieve?
Who or what do you find inspirational? Is it a family member, a teacher or mentor? Is it an unsung hero or a world figure? Someone living or deceased? A character from a book or movie?
Three people or organisations that have inspired me:
A young man grew up in central Vietnam and became a Buddhist monk. He was affected by the Vietnam war and travelled to the West. Many decades later he is known for talks on living mindfully and practicing loving kindness. This man is Thich Nhat Hanh. Through his teachings he has affected millions of lives in the west. His message is that of peace, caring for one another and for mother earth.
Anne Mustoe was a headteacher who when she retired took up cycling around the world . She was inspired by her love of history on which she based her trips.She had not previously been a keen cyclist and didn’t know how to fix a puncture. But she wanted to travel and felt she would experience more on a bicycle. She was not dissuaded by people telling her she shouldn’t do it and she learned and got fit as she journeyed on. She wrote a number of books describing her travels.
A successful charity based in Nottingham, Education For the Children/EFTC has changed the lives of hundreds of children and families in Guatemala. It began with a teenage girl’s desire to sponsor a schoolchild in Guatemala. Nearly 14 years later the school the charity runs has helped more than a thousand students.
Change begins with an idea and it takes courage and determination to develop. Your why – to change the life of one person, to take a trip, to help one child – sets you off on your journey and your belief sustains you in difficult times.
What is your passion, what gets you going, what keeps you awake at night?
What did your younger self want? What have you always longed to do? What do you want to do before you die?
You don’t have to have everything figured out – this is your jumping off point.
The next steps will look at the nitty gritty of how to take things forward, what your direction is and your initial steps.
You will need to know your why – there will be times when you think you can’t change or others tell you that you can’t. Address any concerns raised but get in touch with your why.
In his famous speech, Martin Luther King said “ I have a dream…”. He spoke with passion about his beliefs. He referred to a DREAM not a plan!
Know your why.
In step three, you will look at your resources, what stuff or who do you need?