Final Comments on the Elements to Making a Meaningful Life Makeover
What this series of Elements to Making a Meaningful Life Makeover intended to impart is a need for personal empowerment. Self-examination across your professional, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional lives to utilize the wonderful capacity you already possess; dusting off some of the cobwebs from your dreams and really reinventing yourself. In some instances, it becomes apparent that old ways of thinking and being no longer serve you and, though they protected you or were needed in the past, perhaps today these same “ways” actually prevent the achievement of your personal or professional dreams.
It was never suggested that you be anything more than authentically YOU. However, if you’ve never known YOU, then perhaps you’re long overdue for the proper introduction. It’s my sincerest hope that you make a concerted effort to figure out whether you really like the person you have become and if not, you seek to become your best YOU – for … well, YOU!
The idea of a makeover sounds trite when it’s compared to a quick fix at the hair salon or a surgical “fix” for some small flaw that you perceive the world is fixated with. But the five elements I touched on – professional, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional – are the core of who you are before you add experience and skills or external adornment. The incredibly unique combination of who you are in these elements really does determine those thousands of tiny judgment calls or decisions you make every single day. The essence of who you are and what innate strengths you possess is waiting to be examined and, in some cases, embraced, leveraged and celebrated!
Still confused about what your strengths are? Try looking into taking the Strengthsfinder. This online test can reveal to you the strengths that you possess and that can best serve you. According to the book and the online website, it will “change the way you look at yourself—and the world—forever.”
Once you’ve made the makeover journey in the areas of your life where they’re warranted, you’ll want to begin to introduce the world to the improved YOU. This YOU will be the cornerstone of your personal brand. Anyone who knows YOU will gain an impression of who you ARE and what you’re ABOUT, and they’ll begin to experience your personal brand. If you can imagine getting a chance to recreate your “impressions,” then you can imagine how powerful a resource the Me 2.0 book written by author Dan Schawbel will be in your transformation.
In short, according to Dan’s website, personalbrandingbook.com: Me 2.0 shows job seekers and established professionals alike how to leverage the power of online media for personal empowerment and career success.
A parting quote: “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.” – Guy Kawasaki
Have you ever considered a makeover? Does the idea of making over your personal life and professional career excite you or vapor-lock you in fear? What ideas do you have for those who need to do this but haven’t taken the steps to begin? Let me know your thoughts on this series and if there are other topics you want to hear more about.