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The 6 Steps You Should Take to Reinvent Yourself




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Maybe you or someone you know was financially impacted as a result of being labeled a non-essential worker. According to a recent edition of Fortune magazine, over 42.6 million Americans filed for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, many people may not have jobs to return to once the pandemic ends. 

While I did not lose my job, my salary was drastically cut and I was faced with an uncertain future. Would my salary be restored after the pandemic? If another pandemic were to hit in the near future, how would I insure myself against ending up in this position again or losing my job the next time around? I realized that the concept of job security was an anachronism and decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands and reinvent myself as a Business Development Coach.

Since the shelter in-place, I have had many of my articles published in nationally-syndicated magazines, self-published my first book and launched my first virtual, live course where I successfully marketed and sold my digital content. It is important to note that none of these accomplishments were on my list of goals prior to the shelter in-place. 

Below are the 6 steps I used to successfully reinvent myself:

1. Uncover Your Authentic Self

Reinventing yourself is not about creating a new you. It is quite the opposite. In a nutshell, reinventing yourself is really all about uncovering your authentic self and allowing it to come to the forefront of your life. Your authentic self is the real you; the person that’s always been waiting in the shadows desperately wanting to be free. 

You must be careful not to confuse your job title or job duties with your authentic identity. I used daily prayer and journaling to shave off the layers of false identities and reconnect with the person on the inside that I used to know and love. 

Be prepared for a bumpy ride, as some parts of this process are cathartic. Many times I found myself needing a Kleenex (or two). I wish that I could give you an exact time-table for this process; it takes as long as it takes. Eventually you’ll come out on the other side and be just fine. To everybody else, it’ll look like you reinvented yourself but you’ll know the truth of the matter.

“I feel like I have a job to do, like I constantly have to reinvent myself. The more I up the ante for myself, the better it is in the long run.” – Kevin Hart

2. Find Your Authentic Voice

Next, it’s time for you to shed all of the other voices. By other voices I mean those thoughts wanting expression that don’t align with your authentic self. These voices could’ve come from your parents, a sibling, close friends, or even a television show for crying out loud! 

Journaling is a powerful and effective tool for this step in the process. The objective here is to determine what you’re passionate about. In other words, what message do you strongly desire to share with the world? This is a very important step as it will be your basis of value for monetization in your new life.

3. Build a Bridge

Now that you’ve determined your authentic voice, how do you bridge the gap between your old life and the new one you desire? For this, you’ll need a system or vehicle that is designed to help you monetize your unique message. 

Without this step, you’ll still be stuck in your same old rut. Except now it’ll be worse because you’ve uncovered your real self and have no false identities to delude yourself with as you pass the time at work. You’ll quickly come to realize that your old vehicle (your job) doesn’t allow for your authentic self to adequately monetize your unique message and support your desired lifestyle. 

You can either create your own system or invest in a proven method. Go with whatever suits you best. For me, I decided to invest in a few online courses that provided me with new skill sets which I quickly used to monetize my message.     

4. Take Action

Your new lifestyle is not going to build itself. You need to consistently take the necessary steps to make it happen. Even though you will be lacking in some knowledge, it is vital that you take consistent actions toward the accomplishment of your goal. This is as simple as taking two actions everyday that will lead you to attain your dream. You don’t need to know everything, but you do need to take action every single day in order to manifest your goals.

5. Be Patient and Flexible in Your Approach

Be patient; Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your new life. The decision to reinvent yourself may land you into a totally new industry. You may be starting this new journey in your fifties (like me) and be faced with learning new technologies. At times the whole thing can seem overwhelming. This is where patience comes in. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. Therefore, you will make mistakes along the journey. There’s no way around it; that’s a part of being human. 

Remember to pay close attention to the feedback you’re getting in the form of your results. Be flexible. If you’re not getting the results you desire, don’t give up on your dreams. Just change your approach until you get the results you’re looking for.

“Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.” – Stephen Covey

6. Have Faith

Faith is essential for you to not give up along the way. Life can have a way of knocking even the strongest of us on our backsides. During these times, our resolve to do the necessary work may be greatly diminished. Develop a daily habit of praying. Nurture the belief that there is a God who created you with a purpose. It will help you find strength from beyond yourself when you don’t have it within you to keep going.  

No matter how dark things may seem, there is light for your authentic self on the other side.  

Have you thought about reinventing yourself recently? If so, share your story with us below! We’d love to hear it.

Michael “Diamond Mike” Dillard is a Business Development Coach, Author, and 6-time internationally ranked Top 1% Diamond Electrical Consultant. He is also the Founder of the Honolulu-based training firm, iOn Reliability Training & Consulting. Connect with Mike on Instagram @ionreliabilitytraining or friend him on Facebook.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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