Listen to this week’s podcast on this topic here.
Have you ever been something for so long that when you want to change people just won’t accept it? It’s like you’ve been typecast by your own life. Have you ever felt that way? As though people only think of you in context of the marriage you used to be in or the job you used to have?
Yeah, me too.
Today, on the podcast, I spoke about reinventing yourself (as well as 1001 other things). I spoke about how I was “typecast” by a previous career and had to overcome my own image in order to move into something new. Have you ever been through that?
Well, today, I want to give you five tips that will help you reinvent yourself no matter what situation you might be coming out of or if maybe you just want a change.
5 Tips to Help You Reinvent Yourself
Use your previous identity to your advantage: What did you learn from what you did previously? What skills have you acquired or what people can you get in contact with that you knew from your previous situation? For me, personally, I developed a loyal following from my previous gig that I am able to take into my next adventure. What did you acquire that you can use when you step out in something new?
Focus on the good: This one is important if you’re coming out of a bad situation like a broken marriage or getting fired from your job. Drop the negative and keep the good, it will help you as you move forward. God can use every single thing in your life, even your mistakes or your do-overs. Remember, failure is only permanent if you don’t move forward.
Find a new industry circle: If you’re wanting a different career, find a different group of people to be around and network with. For example, I was in media for years and years and it felt as though media people were the only people I knew. But, then, I found a whole other world out there in various industries that I had not dealt with previously and who did now know me by my media background. Those people have helped me take on my new business ventures I have today.
Learn new things: Last year, I graduated with a Masters in Theology. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve done whatever it is you’ve been doing, if you want to grow, you have to learn new things. Go back to school, watch videos, read books-do whatever you need to do to be good at something different.
Be honest, real and authentic about your past: Don’t hide where you came from or what you’ve been through, those things are the things God will use to reinvent you, those things are all apart of your story. Being honest about past failure or tragedy is what will help you move out of that season and into another. God can use every single part of your story no matter how messy or how bad it might have been. Stay honest and let God make a message out of your mess.
I’ve walked out this “reinvention” process so to speak well, actually, we’re always walking this out-it never stops. I had to overcome a television personality that had me “typecast” so to speak just so I could move forward with other business ideas, deals and things I wanted to do with my life. I know many of you have had to walk through the same thing and let me say this, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and design the life you really want to live.
Please list to my story and all of these tips on this week’s podcast.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together, no masks and no curtains. Sarah holds a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com, she is creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast and is featured daily on GEB TV.