Are you ready for a reboot? After being inside all winter, we often feel newly energized to move forward when spring comes around. While we can, of course, do this at any time of year, somehow it just feels right to do it when the first shoots of grass are coming up and the weather starts begging us to spend time outside. We seem to have that extra energy and focus to get physically active, take action, and create change.
Spring is a great time to envision new possibilities — in our relationships, in our career and work lives, and in our diet and exercise routines.
Here are three tips for tackling personal reinvention from Abigail Brenner, M.D., in Psychology Today:
1. De-clutter your living space.
- Get rid of anything you no longer need in your closet. If you haven’t worn it (or used it) for two years, toss it.
- Similarly, clear kitchen cabinets of items that you haven’t used in the last year.
2. Clear out mental and emotional clutter.
- Allow yourself to let go of the past.
- Commit to making decisions you’ve been putting off.
- Challenge limiting beliefs about yourself and about how things should be.
- Think positively. Recent research has shown that we can actually change the brain’s circuitry by doing so.
3. Start a practice.
- Spiritual practices, such as yoga, meditation, or qigong, are easy to find and relatively easy to do.
- Walking is a wonderful way to help your body while clearing your mind. Walk instead of driving. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
You can apply similar tactics to help with your career dissatisfaction. Since you’re already motivated and working on you, spring is a good time to think about your financial future, too. Here’s how to know if it’s time to reinvent your career:
1. For as long as you can remember, you’ve toyed with the idea of owning your own business. So all these years, your inner entrepreneur has been patiently waiting for you to take action. Why not unleash it? When will there be a better time?
2. You’re tired of building wealth for someone else. You don’t mind working hard, but you’d like to start applying those efforts toward your own enterprise.
3. You want more control of your future. With the uncertainty that layoffs or corporate redirection bring, it can feel like your future is in someone else’s hands. You have gone through more than your share of layoffs, and have vowed “never again.”
4. You want flexibility. You’re tired of being told when you have to work and being limited in your vacation time. Perhaps you have small children with busy schedules, or you’re most productive from 4 am to 9 am? Setting your own schedule, you realize, has become a priority.
5. You’re ready for a challenge. Many of us thrive on learning new skills. It’s been quite a while since you felt that invigorating feeling.
Maybe this spring is the time for your new beginning. To start that business you’ve always dreamed of. To stop building wealth for someone else and begin to apply all that hard work and initiative to your own enterprise.
Transitions are hard. But it helps to remember that they are a part of life and most of us will experience quite a few in our lifetimes. The best transitions are the ones you initiate. Controlling your own destiny through business ownership is one of the most empowering things you can do. Is this spring your time?
Jane Stein is the founder of Your Franchise Is Waiting, a consultancy firm for men and women exploring franchising as an alternative career path.
Jane Stein is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.