“Every day, you reinvent yourself. You’re always in motion. But you decide every day: forward or backward.”
~ James Altucher
Ahh the thrill of reinvention! This week I’m so excited to finally share a project I’ve been working on for what seems like forever (it’s been months actually). With the help of my friend Sue McGillivray at [E]merge Creative and the technical, behind-the-scenes team at Navigator Multimedia, we have created a new look for www.worklifeenergy.com and my overall brand.
The new site is cleaner, easier to navigate, and includes a lot more video!
Change can be challenging and exciting at the same time, and I certainly felt both with this project. Some days it felt like it would just be easier to skip the whole thing, but reinvention is an essential part of a successful work-life recharge, and discomfort is a big part of growth. So, in conjunction with my new website launch I’m sharing a conversation I had recently with my friend and colleague Gair Maxwell, a Reinvention Strategist who believes that constant reinvention is the key to staying relevant. Watch the video below.
He describes reinvention as “the ability, capacity and willingness to remain relevant in rapidly changing times.” And it requires awareness and a big dose of #DTFW (doing the freakin’ work). Many of us don’t like to venture too far from that comfort zone we know so well, or we’re afraid to try new things, or invest the time and energy it will take to be better, and do better. But ‘good enough’ won’t help you stand out in business, or make a big impact in your life. So, what do you need to do differently?
As part of your work-life recharge, take a closer look at your health, career, relationships, finances, even leisure time, and ask yourself the question: Where in my life do I need a bit of a reinvention?
For me, my website had all the pieces in place to ‘do its job’, so really, I could have kept it as it is, but it had grown too busy, with too many drop down menus and too much content that was out-of-date or under-utilized. My photos didn’t look like the current bespectacled me, and I wear my hair differently now. And because video is a big part of my life these days, I wanted it represented better, with more videos on the home page, videos on every page, and a cleaner looking video gallery.
And you’ll notice what’s called dynamic scrolling (also called parallax scrolling), so each page has movement and energy (so me)!
The fresh look has given me fresh energy, and that’s one of the benefits of a reinvention.
In my personal life, reinvention has come in the form of fitness (surprise). At the end of June I hired a personal trainer. And yes, I used to be a personal trainer so I have all the tools I need to create my own program, but no matter how much I told myself it’s time to get back to weights, I wasn’t making the time. And I felt it was really important for my overall health.
Yes, I’m a big fitness enthusiast, but 95% of my efforts for the past several years have been cardiovascular; teaching 2-3 spin classes per week, cycling outdoors with my hubby, running, and snowboarding in winter… which some could argue has an anaerobic element to it, but not enough to provide the base strength and heavier lifting that is so vital, especially as we age.
My trainer Nick is current with his training methodologies, he trains a lot of people and is passionate about what he does, and he pushes me way harder than I’d push myself. He’s teaching me Olympic and Power-lifting exercises that I never did when I was a trainer, so the exercises challenge me physically and mentally, and are so good for foundation strength, flexibility, and compound movements.
I’m calling weight training a personal reinvention, because it’s forced me outside my comfort zone to worker harder than I’m used to with exercises I’m unfamiliar with, plus I’ve had to prioritize the time, be more vigilant with how I recover and refuel after workouts, and it’s giving me a new level of confidence. Plus I’m getting my muscles back!
So let me ask you again, where in your life -personally and professionally – could you benefit from a bit of a reinvention? If you need a bit of a push, watch this week’s Work-Life Recharge where I have a conversation with Gairabout getting outside your comfort zone, staying relevant in changing times, and the thrill of reinvention!
Plus, visit the new website at www.worklifeenergy.com and let me know what you think! And don’t forget to share with me how you’ll reinvent yourself in small ways in the week ahead!
Michelle Cederberg, MKin, BA Psyc Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
ORSC Trained Team Coach
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