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40 Ways to Reinvent Yourself 2020 >>>> and Beyond

Your mind is the most world changing tool at your disposal

1. Keep a daily journal. Written by hand.

2. Write a list of what you want to change about yourself or your circumstances. Also written by hand. Words you put on the page with pen to paper have been proven to have more impact on how you remember and interact with what you wrote down.

2. Pick one part of your life you want to focus on reinventing, changing, transforming.

3. Find people you want to learn from or collaborate with, and meet once a week.

4. Read lots of books. Current fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, memoirs, plays, letters, manifestos, newsletters, lists, confessions, speeches, and books from 50, 500, or 1,000 years ago.

5. Know when having a set schedule and when breaking free from your schedule is what’s needed.

6. Get up and take a walk. Carry a pocket notebook and write down the ideas that came to you while your feet and mind were wandering.

7. Begin again. Begin again. Begin again.

8. Do an online search and see how often the word “reinvention” appears. Yes, it’s a lot of times. Read. Search. Repeat. Scroll. Find. Read. Search. Repeat.

9. Start a group or join a group that is laser-focused on your chosen area of reinvention.

10. Be curious. Be persistent. Be unwavering. Be resilient.

11. Go to readings, presentations, events. Soak in the ideas, wisdom, and enlivened energy of the crowd.

12. Start your day earlier. Listen to the quiet.

13. Use timers, calendars, alarms, and every time tracking tool and device you can to add to your daily productivity.

14. Know that your mind is the most world changing tool at your disposal.

15. Make a list of what’s of primary importance every day. Write a new list every day for a month. See what stays on the list and what drops off.

Detail of “Sky Writing” / Collage on paper / 2017

16. Figure out who or what inspires you most to keep reinventing.

17. Ask people about what they have reinvented about their lives in the past several years.

18. Take at least one action a week to propel your reinvention forward.

19. Start a creative project you’ve been putting off for months, or years.

20. Connect to others with clarity, communication, and collaboration.

21. Realize reinvention is within your grasp every day.

22. Explore new areas of your city or town. Exploring neighborhoods, public libraries, strangers’ minds, book stores, alleyways, talking to ducks in public parks, watching clouds over freeway entrances.

23. Create whatever you were in the middle of creating before you got off track.

24. Reinvent how you present yourself in the world. Start with a mental make-over. Begin using words you’ve never fit into a conversation before. Replace these with new words, ideas, gestures, on a weekly basis.

25. Know that reinvention is a process, and no amount of effort you put into it is wasted.

26. Continually seek out new information, ideas, knowledge.

27. Think about what reinvention has done for the world lately, and what it can do in the coming months and decades.

28. When you start your day, act on taking care of the most difficult things you must accomplish first. Reinvention takes grit, struggle, and persistence.

29. Think about what you’d most like to do. Reinvention takes floating thoughts, and long meandering walks on forest trails or urban side streets.

30. Call up people on the phone, without the intent of leaving a message. Change your mind and leave a message. Text people while smiling. Mail a letter. Send out a letter a day for a week. .

31. Step, walk, leap out of your comfort zone.

32. Whatever helps get you inspired and moving ahead, keep doing it. Whatever has been holding you back in your career, relationships, life, stop doing it. Now.

33. Take a breather. Wherever you are, sit and listen to the sounds around you.

34. Think more about the future if you are always stuck in the past.

35. Reinvent your modes of communication in…speaking, writing, creating music, making things.

36. Stay on your own path until it feels amazingly wonderfully right. Do the thing you were born to do, are bound to do no matter what gets in your way.

37. Change direction when you are so stuck it’s obvious to you and everyone around you.

38. Reinvent things your intuition keeps reminding you about.

39. Reinvent the non-obvious, the unobserved, the overlooked, the hidden from view.

40. Bring your reinvented self, ideas, abilities, voice, wonderment, body, movement, and whole being to the world and stand up for everything you’ve already accomplished, as well as what you’re about to do.

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