Spring: The annual renewal

Finally! It appears that spring has sprung. With it comes new life, new blossoms and for many, a renewal of their spirit, drive and energy. This comes out through exercise, outdoor activities and a commitment to their own personal and professional renewal.

 Many connect the New Year with a right of passage so to speak. One commits themselves to making changes for the coming year, but in reality most resolutions fall by the wayside in a matter of weeks.

 However, the spring renewal is different and it’s when they re-commit to the plan they made back in January. I see it in my practice and you can see it in the number of people actively engaged in education, career options and other activities when spring blossoms. I am a firm believer that the energy of spring drives people forward. Many in coaching call it a reinvention.

Am I describing you or someone you know?

According to Macmillian Dictionary the definition of reinventing oneself is truly telling: “to change the way that you behave or the things that you do so that people think of you as a different kind of person”

Notice that it isn’t only the way you think of yourself, but how others view you.  This is often referred to as your personal and professional brand. While brand is important, in my opinion, how you view yourself is the most important. If you are thinking that you don’t like your “vision” or need to make changes to it, you are ready for a reinvention.
3 steps toward reinvention that you can start today!

 There are three critical steps one needs to take in launching their reinvention in their life, career or both. It isn’t just saying, “I need to,” but actually doing something about it: 

Step 1: Accept that you need a change – Sounds easy, right? This is actually the hardest step. It’s much easier to just go along and accept your situation. Accepting that you need to make a change takes a deep-rooted commitment. 

Step 2: Visualize yourself – I often ask my clients if they have a vision of themselves happy and successful. Most don’t, but some do. Visualization is a powerful tool. To visualize you need time and a space to reflect for true “me” time:

  •  Think about the times you were truly happy. What were you doing and is that applicable to your life?
  • Think of the times you were experiencing “pain”. What were you doing? Commit to not doing this again.
  • Visualize others talking about you. What are they saying and does this make you happy or sad?

Step 3: Act on it – Rome was not built in a day. A reinvention of your life or career doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that requires developing a series of steps or actions you must commit to making. It might be as easy as writing personal and professional mission statement (I highly recommend this) that defines what you will be and how others will perceive you.

 It could be a simple as: To be in a career that provides the opportunity for me to truly help others in need directly or indirectly. In doing so, I will achieve a state of fulfillment and be able to serve my community faith and family with a smile.

And your actions? The actions you outline must be specific and measurable. They may include:

  1. Attend a program to network with other like individuals with similar thoughts.
  2. Join a group, through social media or otherwise, to develop a stronger network of contacts in career or life areas of common interest.
  3. Socialize (or share) my mission statement with three people weekly to gather their feedback and advice.

Soak in the sun. Build on its energy. Reinvent yourself and achieve your happiness! 

Want a good place to start? Register for Reinvent Yourself 2014, sponsored by Capital Region Living Magazine, May 3rd, 8:30am-noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy. In a few short hours, craft your mission statement and learn how to reinvent your life, career and leadership qualities. I will be there with experts in life coaching, leadership, entrepreneurship, finance. See the ad on this page.

Register at:, call 641.8968 or email

Dan Moran is president & founder of Next-Act, a career management & transition firm located in Colonie.  You can reach him at 641.8968 or or visit


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