I think that you will agree that life has fundamentally changed in the last year, for the majority of people. Lockdowns, quarantines, unemployment, underemployment, financial loss, small businesses folding, relationships struggling and ending, education suffering, personal health concerns, strained healthcare systems and all the other issues that the pandemic has brought. I’m sure that there is some aspect of your life that has been altered by the pandemic.
This is why now is the best time to reinvent yourself. You see, most people will lament over what they have lost in the last year. This is because they remain stuck in the past and cannot see beyond the limited paradigm of what is familiar to them. They try desperately to hold onto the past and do not see the wonderful opportunity that is given to them.
This is the same phenomenon we see in nature. Forest fires are nature’s way to paving the path for new growth and new life in the forest. Much in the same way, we have been given the COVID 19 pandemic, in order to birth ourselves anew into a next level way of seeing ourselves and the world we live in. This is why now is the best time to reinvent yourself.
How does one do this? First look at what you think you have lost. Have you lost your job? Use this time to cultivate your skills, talents and abilities and find your true passion. Has your relationship ended? Use this time to meet new people, make new friends and perhaps even find new romantic interests. Have you been struggling with health issues? Use this time to truly cultivate optimal health by redefining your lifestyle and getting to the root of your health issues.
You see, reinvention will be different for everyone, depending on what you have been struggling with in the past year. So use this time, not to lament over the past and what once was, but to redefine who you are in the face of the global challenge of the pandemic and to rise into your new you. This is why any adversity that you may have faced or are facing is, ultimately, for your benefit.
It is all a matter of perspective, focus and discipline. It takes perspective to see your obstacles as opportunities. It takes focus to find the gem within the quagmire of whatever you have had to deal with. It takes discipline to cultivate the habits and actions which will help you take this path I have outlined. However, make no mistake about it. Your life will transform if you realize that now is the best time to reinvent yourself and you follow the path of perspective, focus and discipline.
Right now, this is the only game in town worth playing and it is calling for you. The question is, will you answer this call?
Dr. Nauman Naeem