Good Wednesday morning to you. We have reached the mid portion of the week and of our blog series on The New You. We’ve talked about how we will all change in our lives and how we need to guide the changes. To change for the better takes a bit of work. For us to change for the better we have to work from where we are and set goals to reach the place we want to be. Along the way the changes that take place are what really create the new you. With this in mind, it’s time to cover the next subject, Reinvention.
Yesterday I posted a question on my FaceBook and Twitter pages: “At what age do we stop learning new things?” If you go to Google and run a search on learning something new every day, you will get all kinds of sites that give you a new fact each day as a way to train your mind to learn new tasks.
Today I visited a school here in the Dallas area that teaches kids and adults how to play rock music. I will do an in-depth blog about them in the coming months. Today I was able to sit in one of their studios and watch an instructor teaching someone how to play drums. They let me sit at a drum set and see if I could actually learn. I know I can learn, however the basics of playing eluded me today. I could not get the counts right and I had a hard time getting my hands and feet doing different things.
As I got back on my motorcycle to ride away, it came to me I once learned how to ride a bike. Of course, I was younger then but my new Harley is very different from my last bike. The turn signals are different, the gear shift has a heel and toe lever for shifting. Yet I learned the difference and it is an everyday thing for me now.
When I started working at Starbucks, I was in my late 30s and had to learn new things all the time. I also had to learn to do more than one thing at a time. I had to totally reinvent myself. It changed my life, and not just the way I did my job. That is what we are talking about with this concept of reinvention. We are creating a new self as we work on the goals we have already set. And the true change is the process towards achieving those goals in life. That is why I asked that you make goals in several areas to balance your growth in life. It’s a process to make a major change, not just about setting a goal to buy a new toy.
Well there are three ways that you learn something new in life. No matter what age you are, or what you have been through in life, one of these ways describes how you learn something new to reinvent yourself:
1. Self-Taught. This is how many of the greats in life learn new things. They decide they are going to do something in life and just find the tools, books, and courses that are needed to learn whatever they want to learn. Self-taught people will walk into any bookstore and go through the self-help section to see how many things they can learn from just picking up a book. I was reminded while writing this today of a line from an ‘80s movie Back to the Future. Young Marty goes back in time and tells his dad, “You can do anything in life if you just put your mind to it.” At the end of the movie his dad repeats that to him as they open a package with his new book in it. Well, are you going to put your mind to becoming a newer, better, improved you? You can do it yourself; it just takes a determination to find those tools needed to help you.
2. Learn from a teacher. This is the reason we have schools, colleges, trade schools. Many college kids do an internship at a business to learn if that is for them. Some people hire a tutor to instruct them one-on-one to learn what it is they want to learn. When you have a short time to learn something new and you want to learn it right this is the best way to do it – having an expert who has done it teach you the proper way to get it done.
3. A combination of both of the above. This is the field that coaches work in. Our expertise is helping you create a way to help your learn correctly. That is why I have created this particular course, The New You, to help those people who want guidance learning to do something themselves, with a little help from someone who has their best interest in mind. So if you find that you want to learn something new in life, to reinvent yourself, I strongly recommend you find a coach who specializes in the area that you want to work in. I help people create a new life, help them put the steps in place and start living a dream life they always wanted. Maybe that dream is to become a musician, self-employed, or a business owner. Whatever your dream is, if you have been seeking it on your own and find yourself falling short, it’s time to hire a coach. If you want to grow in other areas, from losing weight to moving up in your career, to relationships, or buying your first home, I have a list of coaches I work with and I will be glad to get you in touch with the right coach.